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Medical resources:

Doctor Grasshopper's blog, written by a first-year resident at a hospital in Boston (especially entries tagged as The Useful Posts) It's it's geared specifically towards helping writers injure or kill their characters in an accurate and convincing way.

Medscape- geared toward doctors but has lots of useful information on illnesses and conditions and their symptoms, treatment options, etc. (Registering is necessary, but free)

Medical Advances Timeline - useful for the 'Was X around then?' sort of question.

The Cascade Hospital - defunct site from "The Sentinel" fandom that is a great resource for how ERs and other sections of a hospital work and what gets treated where and how.

Diverse stuff:

The Writer’s Forensics Blog- You can get lost in this blog, lots and lots of info about various forms and aspects of forensics including dentisty, fingerprints, technology, famous cases, etc, etc. Improbably Research to make people laugh and think. I like the article on the postal experiment, but the entire site is neat. I'm not sure how useful it really is for fic writing, but I thought I'd include it anyway.

More specific stuff:

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning - as a former lifeguard I can say that this article knows what it's talking about. 95% of what you see on TV and in the movies is WRONG regarding drowning. tons and tons of information on guns and weapons, the education page has a lot of specific information on how to shoot and how to clean guns and a lot of other stuff that could come in handy.

The Inception Fic Writer's Guide to Firearms - As the name suggests, it's written as a guide for Inception writers, but most of it is pretty universal and it does a good job in explaining the basics of firearms and also points out what movies/tv shows get wrong. Part I covers safety, usage, and ammo. Part II covers gunshot wounds (including what it's like to get shot) and types of guns. Part III covers carrying guns, holsters, and other accessories (and has a nice bit on laser sights). Part IV covers shooting: aiming, stances, procedure for clearing a room, etc.

IMFDB - the internet movie (and television) firearms database. Information (including screenshots) of the weapons used in movies and on TV shows.

And off topic a bit, but thrown in because it's interesting: the perfect site for figuring out if a word was actually in use when you want to use it.

ETA- Haven't had a chance to look at this yet, but it was recommended on a comm I follow: Psychological Disorders Encyclopedia

Interesting and informative post on guns and gunshot wounds (as related to Sherlock, but generally useful)
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A recent post on [ profile] sherlockbbc reminded me that I always meant to post this here.

Sometimes you want to give information in your fic header, but don't want others to see it unless they truly want to (like a spoiler or warning for you fic). Here two html codes on how to do that:

<span style="color: #ffffff; background-color: #ffffff;"> The stuff you want to hide, which will now be white on white </span>


<span style="color:#000; background:#000;"> info for blacking out goes here </span>

And then it'll come out like this:

And the reader will have to highlight this or highlight this to read what it says.

And if you want to post examples of html code you need this, which explains how to do quotes, brackets, etc so that they will show as brackets, etc and not as part of the html code you're trying to demonstrate.

Other useful HTML code tips are
Mouseover text : Hola <A TITLE="hello"> Hola </A>
Using an Image as a Link
Opening a New Browser Window

and if you want to post an image in the comments when an anon:
<table background="direct image url" height=" " width=" ">

and for spoilers Table coding works. adjust the width according to the length of your text.

<table width=250 height=20><tr><td bgcolor=#000000>Spoiler text here

also useful:
Formatting when anon

<i>text</i> = italic
<b>text</b> = bold
<u>text</u> = underline
<strike>text</strike> = strike
<blink>text</blink> = blink
<tt>text</tt> = typewriter
<font size="1">text</font> small font ("-2" instead of "1" will work as well)
<font size="6">text</font> = large font ("+2" instead of "6" will work as well)

for spoilers: <table width=250 height=20><tr><td bgcolor=#000000>Spoiler text here</td></tr></table> =
Put OMG spoiler text that spoils here

for overly excited sparklely text: <table background=
ylara/pic/0063qfze><tr><td><font size="6"> Sparkle text! </font></td></tr></table> =
Sparkle text!

for overly excited rainbow text: <table background=><tr><td><font size="6"> Rainbow text! </font></td></tr></table> =
Rainbow text!

for images: <table background="put the direct image url here" height="put height here" width="put width here">

have some smilies....

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Writing for an American fandom and sounding like a native is hard. Here and there posts about how to sound like an American have popped up but the past couple of times I've commented in those posts about how to speak like an American or New Yorker I've been jumped on by people who argue that they use different words than I suggested and that they say phrases that I consider non- American all the time. I'll admit that it's quite possible for an American to say "bloody stupid" but it's not typical and isn't, in my opinion, something that should be written in stories that are set in America.

One problem is America is huge. People speak differently depending on where they live and how old they are and when the story is set. The speech patterns that Hollywood and television and books tend to use are often an attempt at a generic, non-geographic version of American English, but a lot of times it is hard to pin down exactly what that is.

I've beta-ed for several non-Americans in many different fandoms and I'm glad to do it because nothing throws me out of a story faster than the mental image of Dean Winchester wearing a dress (jumper). Since writing fiction has been fighting me of late, I thought I'd try to put some of my thoughts on this topic to paper (or worddoc) to attempt to organize them. So here goes:

Cut to save your flist )
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Stuff about a few specific panels:

Several times it was hard to choose which panel to attend, since so many sounded good. The first one I went to was amazing. It was on beta writing and discussed the different types of betas and the various things to look out for and resources to help. [ profile] michelel72 put together a wonderful post about that panel (much better than I could write)here, including links to all sorts of helpful web pages. Go check it out!

I didn't go to the podfic panel, since it was up against something else I wanted to attend, but I know some people on my flist are interested in it, there are some posts about it here and here.

[ profile] rm did an amazing panel on writing fight scenes. I tried to write everything down, but there was so many interesting things, I'm sure I missed a bunch. But here are some high points of the panel:

this got kind of long )
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Since we all love a little h/c I thought I'd post the various sites I just came across with information that might help write more accurate whump.

Specifically about head/brain injuries:

Amnesia in the movies vs real life- A look at how poorly Hollywood and the movie industry deals with amnesia and memory loss.

A similar article with a romance story theme
- also lots of good information.

TMI About TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)- lots of easy to understand information about brain injuries.

General injuries:

The Cascade Hospital- Specially put together for "The Sentinel" but tons of useful medical information.

Johns Hopkins Autopsy Resource:

A [ profile] little_details post "Resources: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder"

the Inception Fic Writer's Guide to Firearms - As the name suggests, it's written as a guide for Inception writers, but most of it is pretty universal and it does a good job in explaining the basics of fire arms and also points out what movies/tv shows get wrong. Part I covers safety, usage, and ammo. Part II covers gunshot wounds (including what it's like to get shot) and types of guns. Part III covers carrying guns, holsters, and other accessories (and has a nice bit on laser sights). Part IV covers shooting: aiming, stances, procedure for clearing a room, etc.
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Since sometimes motivation is hard to come by here is a list of prompts, tables and list comms I sometimes troll to see if anything jumps out and gets the old muse interested.

[ profile] 25moments and its prompt table

[ profile] 15_song_titles and its song title prompt list

[ profile] 36_plots and its prompt table

[ profile] flashslash Tuesday prompts of 4 words to be written in 8 minutes.

[ profile] 50scenes and its prompt table

[ profile] prompted_quill daily, weekly and monthly prompts

[ profile] alphabetasoup and its word lists (the comm does not appear to be accepting new claims but the lists are nice)
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Another writing/reading question for people.

What are your opinions on creation suspense/tension by using exposition to show something outside of what the characters are aware of? For example:

Neither of them noticed the man on hill, watching their every move.

In visual media this is quite powerful, usually done by shifting the camera behind a bush and watching the heroes for a minute through that perspective (possibly with the slightest hint of someone or something pushing some of the branches out of the way.)

Is it a jarring effect in prose? Does it depend on the overall POV of the story?
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When you have a scene with several characters in it I feel I a little more careful making it obvious as who is saying what.

Sometimes I manage this by using the character's movements:

"I don't know, Jack." Owen put his feet on the desk. "Seems to easy to me."

But a lot of the times I am stuck with:

"So what's next?" Jack asked.

"We could cross reference the new data with information from the archives," Ianto suggested.

"I can run another scan," Tosh offered, "See if I missed anything?"

"We order pizza. I'm hungry," Owen said.

etc, etc.

Do you find that annoying? Is it worse or better to use 'said' over and over or would you rather the word varied? Is there another way to do it?
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Some stories start with a literal 'bang' where the build up/explosion/argument is shown and then the story backtracks to show how the characters got to that position and leads the reader back to the event and past it.  Other stories start at the beginning and move chronologically in order.  Occasionally, a story will jump around between two points main event points (sometimes one being told in flashback, sometimes not).  And so on and so forth.[Poll #1346977]Is there one that annoys you?  One you prefer? Oh great and brilliant Flist let me know what you think![Poll #1346977]
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Just a question, and I'm not sure of the correct terminology here, but when reading (or writing), do you prefer a tight 3rd person POV  (where all events are seen and interpreted through one character's eyes) or switching between people's 3rd person POV with obvious page breaks or markers to show the new POV?

For example- my entire Charming the Pants off the Pashahads SGA/Jack crossover is told from Sheppard's POV, there is no scene where we see what Jack thinks about falling into the Pegasus Galaxy.  At points there are Sheppard's interpretation of Jack's actions (he notices a hedged answer, an avoided question, but doesn't know why Jack  answered that way).  If it had been written with switching POV's there could be the scene from Shep's perspective, noticing what he notices and wondering about it, followed by the same scene retold from Jack's, where he explained the reasons for saying what he did.  There also could have been scenes left out from the story the way I told it- I never did explain how Jack managed to get his hands on the Pashahads (because Sheppard wasn't there and wouldn't know).

I've been noticing more and more of the latter showing up in stories lately.  Presuming this babble actually makes sense to anyone, do you notice the difference between those types of POV styles and do you like one more than the other?


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