Over My Dead Body: Writing Killer Drug Scenes

By Miffie Seideman

You can create a.
believable three-dimensional scene the reader wont will not forget when youve collected some standard clear realities.

Historic credibility.

In addition, lots of drug use trends, and their prescribing practices, modification gradually. It was no mishap that Agatha Christies pivotal scene in Murder on the Orient Express revolved around barbital, a popular sedative throughout the storys time duration.

How to write drug-related scenes well (without medical knowledge).

Our readers might be among the countless health care workers, from paramedics to doctors. Some may be diabetics or cancer survivors. Some might be fighting with alcohol or opioid dependency. Todays readers are savvier than ever before about drugs.

long do the effects take to develop? While instantaneous impacts are appealing, almost no.
drug works quickly. However this is actually fantastic for dramatic writing! For murder.
and overdose scenes, this truth gives authors an integrated real timeline to evolve.
the risk, producing a page-turner.

Accurate Side impacts.

I hear this argument on a regular basis. As authors, we invest an
excessive quantity of time researching historic information, geographic realities,
magical tradition, and so a lot more, to craft strong stories. Drug scenes
ought to be no different.

Social patterns.

Think about these two important questions:.

Composing blatantly inaccurate drug scenes can mess up a story for these readers, running the risk of negative evaluations. The current movie Knives Out relies on a problematic drug-related plot twist that ruins an otherwise fun, well-plotted (and mostly well-acted) story. Numerous online reviews fasted with grievances.

Composed well, an overdose scene is a page-turner.
But if your character quickly drops dead from an insulin
overdose, the thud you hear wont be from the body dropping to the ground.

Before composing these scenes, whether they include cigarette smoking pot.
at a frat celebration or spies using deadly injections, I recommend researching the.
following key points:.

That insulin scene? Its now embeded in the 1990s. A lady.
procedures insulin from a vial into a syringe, and offers herself a dose. The anticipation.
grows, as the reader watches helplessly, knowing the females other half privately.
changed the insulin concentration. As the female sits back to watch an evening.
film, the risk gradually develops. She begins to feel woozy, examines the.
insulin bottle, puzzled. The dosage seemed right. Gradually, she realizes what has.
happened, knows she requires to discover help. She cant think plainly. She attempts.
to get up, stumbles, falls, her breathing strained. Does help arrive in time? The.
reader has no option but to turn the page to find out.

are common adverse effects for the drug? A character should have a few realistic negative effects.
Hallucinations of paint dripping down walls are undoubtedly more likely with an.
LSD journey, while a heart attack might end an energy beverage chugging contest.

Validate that the drug, and the way you depict it being provided, existed in the historic time duration of the story. An early 1800s historical fiction with an insulin-using diabetic character would be grossly inaccurate. Neither insulin nor injections were discovered up until the 1900s.

Its fiction. Why not just make up truths?

The socioeconomic circumstances of your characters will impact the substance abuse and abused. A character living on the street may smoke fracture drug, while a high-society person hosting might serve an Ecstasy-laced cheese platter.

Putting everything together.

It will be from readers closing your book in utter dissatisfied.

Ever ended a rough week by killing off one of your characters? Yeah, me too. No matter what individuals state, it can be cathartic. Even healing. For authors with little to no drug knowledge, plot twists including an overdose (unintentional or otherwise) can seem complicated. To preserve reliability with readers, authors must make sure to get at least a couple of vital drug-related facts.

Happy Plotting!

Note: Miffie has actually consented to share her pharmaceutical knowledge with us as a continuous function! Please share them in the remarks if you have scenarios and concerns you d like her to check out for future posts.

Feel like your eliminating your readers with impractical drug scenes? I d like to hear your comments and questions!


Writing blatantly unreliable drug scenes can mess up a story for these readers, risking negative evaluations. That insulin scene?

* * * * * *.

Todays readers are savvier than ever prior to about drugs.

Miffie Seideman has been a pharmacist for over 30 years, with an enthusiasm for assisting others. Shes a published non-fiction author, with another peer-reviewed journal short article coming out this month. An avid triathlete, she invests countless hours training in the deserts of Arizona, creating drug-related plot twists. She can be discovered hanging around onwemerrilystumble.com and on Twitter @MiffieSeideman.

For authors with little to no drug understanding, plot twists including an overdose (accidental or otherwise) can appear complicated. To preserve trustworthiness with readers, authors should make sure to get at least a couple of crucial drug-related realities.

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