Getting it Right: Dying Slowly (part 3 of 3)

Author Carolyn Steele

by Carolyn Steele

The previous episode was a bit of a list, a romp through options for action and suspense. This one is more of a story, which seems apposite. Heeding the body’s call to wind down, make meaning and finish is, when observed minutely, a relatively lyrical testament to what it means to be human.

Part 3: Dying Slowly (links for part 1  and part 2.)

I’ll begin with an explanation. I’d hate you to think, despite an apparently obsession with death, that I am a miserable person who gatecrashes funerals for the opportunity to wear black and be solemn. I’m actually quite happy, when not trying to produce 750 – 1000 words on something that makes you sound really weird. Continue reading “Getting it Right: Dying Slowly (part 3 of 3)”

Getting it Right: Narrow Escapes (part 2 of 3)

Author Carolyn Steele

by Carolyn Steele

You want to put your readers through the wringer. Your character might die, might pull through, we’re all waiting to know. Will they make a rapid recovery? Remain permanently disabled? Return from a near-death experience to write books about life?

Episode 2: Narrow Escapes (if you missed it, part 1 can be found here.) Continue reading “Getting it Right: Narrow Escapes (part 2 of 3)”

Getting it Right: Dying (part 1 of 3)

Author Carolyn Steele

by Carolyn Steele

So, your character has to die. You want to get it right but, short of hanging around mortuaries and hoping the smell doesn’t put you off your lunch, death isn’t that easy to research. Watching old episode of House will just lead you into the traps that have medical types throwing their stethoscopes at the TV screen, so here is a short series of tips and pointers for getting fatality right. Continue reading “Getting it Right: Dying (part 1 of 3)”

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