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  1. @Sarah Daffy, depending on how wealthy a doctor and patient this is, I expect there's just as much chance that an anesthetic medicine would make the patient kind of loopy and out of it. I think pure "knock them out" drugs were rare at that point. Perhaps they just hallucinate the dream.
  2. Hey everyone! I just wanted to share that The Writers' Room (a collaborative writing advice column) has finished up Round 1 of posts! There may be a Round 2 in the future. @Alley, @Claire Tucker, @EBraten, @Lana Christian, and @triordan were all contributors. Their advice was really exemplary! If you want to check it out, here's a link: https://headdeskliz.com/category/the-writers-room/
  3. I really like the "collage style" of pictures you chose for your homepage! Lynn has some great advice. I use Wordpress as well, if you want to check out how I added those items: https://headdeskliz.com/
  4. If you're not quite comfortable, perhaps just change the "creek" to another physical feature, like: Harmony Bend Harmony Brook Harmony Woods Harmony Bay Harmony Cape etc.
  5. Lol! I used to watch HISHE all the time! I watched Superhero Cafe more often though.
  6. Ask away! I’m actually struggling with finding a literary example of it being badly done! I’m pretty picky with the books that I pick up and read all the way through, whereas with movies I’ll sit there and watch the whole thing unless it’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen. 😂 Maybe someone else has a thought on this? In regards to the Avengers films, this is sort of what I was thinking about: Iron Man 1: Tony Stark is a genius rich guy who creates tech. His villain Is a smart rich guy from his company who uses Tony’s tech. The Hulk: Bruce Banner is a scientist who gets hit with gamma radiation and can become the Hulk. His villain is a soldier who undergoes a similar procedure so he can be like the Hulk. Thor: Thor is a relatively well-adjusted first-born prince with some mild anger issues. His villain is his brother, the second-born adopted prince with a lot of anger issues. Captain America: Steve Rogers is a regular nice guy who takes the super soldier serum and becomes Captain America. His villain is a regular mean guy who takes the super soldier serum. You can see that all these hero/villain combinations are basically mirrors of each other. That’s not to say that any of these are terrible movies, but the later movies in the series, where the hero is fighting, say, an organization, or a person who is simply very smart and manipulative without any powers, tend to have more interesting stories. This is why, for instance, Batman and Joker are such a famous hero/villain combination. They are very different from one another, which leads to unexpected story arcs, rather than predictable ones - because you don’t know what the other one is going to have to try to do next to get the upper hand. I think you can make a villain too likable, but I may be one of the few. I tend to get weirded out when a villain has a fan club.
  7. I agree. I would add that writers need to take care about not being too on the nose with it. A lot of the early Avengers (MCU) films had the villain be a "dim reflection" of the protagonist. It got old because it was not always done very skillfully (also because they did it over and over, but that is a different topic!).
  8. Was there opium at this time? It is the only thing I can think of. I think they called it laudanum.
  9. I'm not an expert, but it might be worth a line of dialogue that the bullet "missed all internal organs." If it's 1840's and an organ is ruptured, I believe there is nothing left but a slow (or quick, depending on the organ) death. Even if the wound is sutured.
  10. It helps me to move around while listening to music that could serve as the "soundtrack" for my story or scene. Moving activates other areas of the brain than sitting still, and you "think" differently when moving. Someone also mentioned prayer, which is great as well.
  11. I was flat-out-told by a small Christian publisher that I needed to have a blog to even be under consideration. Hence, I have a blog! This is not to say that every publisher or agent would say the same thing. There is more than one way to build an audience.
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