Thursday, January 31, 2013

Writing Research: How to Take a Punch

This is the first post in a research blog series new to SOI. You can read all about the inspiration for it here. This post I'm going to be tackling to how take a punch, as this is a common scenario for all genres of fiction. A fist fight could break out in a battle against aliens (sci-fi), in the trenches (historical fiction), between a cop and a criminal (mystery), between two teen boys behind the local high school (realistic fiction) etc. etc. You get the idea of how applicable this knowledge could be to your stories.

For a blow to the body:
Tighten your stomach muscles to protect your inner organs.
Do not suck in your stomach.
Try to absorb the impact.
Turn your body slightly to the side, to take the hit in your obliques. See picture.
A blow to the oblique might break a rib, but that is better compared to the damage that taking a punch straight on would cause.
and no this was not an excuse to post a picture of a
good looking guy, tehe 

A blow to the head: 
Move towards the blow, not away from it. If punched when moving backwards, you take the full force of  the hit. This can cause the brain moving suddenly within the skull which can cause severe injury or death. 
Clench your jaw and tighten your neck muscles. 
A blow is best taken in the forehead.

Try to avoid the nose, as it is one of the worse places in the face to take the punch. 
Try to deflect the blow by blocking with your arm. 

Definitions that may come in handy:
Uppercut: a swinging blow directed upward, as to an adversary's chin.
 Roundhouse Punch: a punch to the head made by swinging the arm in an arc rather than by a jabbing punch. Hook (right or left): a punch in boxing. It is performed by turning the core muscles and back, thereby swinging the arm, which is bent at an angle near or at 90 degrees, in a horizontal arc into the opponent. A hook is usually aimed at the chin, but it can also be used for body shots, especially to the liver. 

That concludes the first survival guide writer's research post on SOI. As always feedback is appreciated. If there is more you would like to see or a particular research topic, let me know in the comments. Have a wonderful weekend (is it too soon to wish that on Thursday?) Ah well.

What I'm reading: Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
What I'm listening to: PAN AM: Music from and Inspired by the Orginial Series
What I'm watching: House MD


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

An Info-graphic on Creativity

With the risk of sounding a bit like a hipster, I wanted to share with everyone this graphic that I came across on Pinterest. Enjoy!

The source: here and here

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Worse-Case Scenario Research for Writers

I'm not a huge researcher in regards to writing stories.
Since I'm partial to fantasy and realistic fiction, most of my writing comes from my personal experience, so I've never really needed to do much research. However, as I grow as a writer, I'm finding myself looking up more and more details about different actions characters take. I'm finding that these small details placed in the perfect spot of the story are adding another dimension to my writing that I feel greatly improves it.

A few actions that I've looked up:
-Archery
-Sword fighting/fencing
-Weapons

Wow, that list is quite telling to the genre I like to write in, haha. 
I've gleamed these nuggets of knowledge from a few different places (read: thank you Google). However, I have collected a few research books that have helped me in a pinch. Recently, my family gifted me with the ultimate research book for stories -and life, I suppose. 

Behold:


This brings me to the point of this post, a new series that is Splash of Ink. I'll be writing posts inspired by the entries in this book in addition, whenever it tickles my fancy to do so. This is to offer a research element to SOI that has previously been missing. I figured that I'd start today, because after all there is no time like the present!

How to Treat a Leg Fracture:
1. If the skin is broken, do not put anything on it that isn't clean or sterile. Infection must be avoided.
2. Do not move the leg. You need to splint the wound.
3. Use two stiff objects the same size as a splint
4. Put splints above and below the injured area or at the sides if the break makes the leg too painful to move. 
5. Tie the splints down with whatever binding you have (eg. rope, cord, ripped clothing, belts etc.)
6. Do not tie too tightly or the splints will cut of circulation. You should be able to slip one figure between the binding and the leg. If the area becomes white, loosen the binding.
7. Lay the person on their back to promote blood circulation. Do not elevate the leg and do not move the person unless absolutely necessary.
8. Go get medical help, if applicable.

So there you go, the first bit of research that you can apply to almost any genre you may be writing. Something to consider when using these research bits is to purposely make a character mess it up to make the plot more interesting. My mind is already running away with this idea to figure into a story somewhere. 

So, are you a researcher? Do you fill in the details later or pour over the books in the first draft?

What I'm reading: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia 
What I'm listening to: Owl City's album "The Midsummer Station"
What I'm watching: Republic of Doyle (three cheers for half-decent Canadian television!)

P.S. I wrote a post addressing the statement "write what you know" that strongly relates to this post. 
P.P.S. That post was the first ever post on this blog! 


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Top Ten Posts of 2012

I know I'm a little late at cashing in on the 2012-year-has-passed posts, but I wanted to post the last few pictures for December, as well as post the top ten most viewed posts of 2012. I thought it would be nice way to look back at the year and refresh those of you who started reading more recently. I saw this great idea over at Sienna North's blog and decided to do the same.

Top Ten Posts of 2012
1. How to Increase Blog Traffic: Part Two
2. NYC Libraries: Book Ninjas!
3. Insecure Writer's Group: July
4. A Clockwork Angel: Love Letter 
5. Better Dialogue, Less Fillers 
6. Divergent Book Review (with writers in mind!) 
7. How to Increase Blog Traffic: Part 1
8. Second Hand Books and a Partially Empty Bookcase
9. Poisons: for Writers
10. Interview With Teen Writers: Part 1

As for the pictures, here they are! The final two of December.

Dec. 30
Your Winter Wonderland
This is my Aunt's Winter Wonderland. 

Dec. 31
FUN!
Food, friends, party time!

So there you go! The last remnants of 2012. All that's left is to wish you a Happy (and a little bit late) New Year! May 2013 be filled with lots of writing, reading, and good times!

What I'm reading: Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain
What I'm listening to: Sleeping at Last
What I'm watching: Chicago Fire

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