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« on: October 05, 2013, 08:19:26 pm »

So my MC wakes up in a victorian hospital, his fiencee is dead, her father and his professor wont speak to him and the police detectives think he killed her.

I need to write the hospital scene but have no idea where to take it!

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2013, 08:30:53 pm »

A nurse slips him a cryptic note.  Probably from the person who set him up.
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2013, 08:54:05 pm »

A nurse slips him a cryptic note.  Probably from the person who set him up.

Umm as too who set him up, the professoer and father do but I cant divulge that info as its part of a book series I'm writing.
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2013, 08:54:31 pm »

Make it an Influenza hospital and call it 'The Da Vinci Cold'.

The note reads, 'Find Robert Langdon. He's got some Lemsip.'
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2013, 08:57:47 pm »

My advice is get drunk.


I'm not kidding, I always find that the creative part of my mind is stimulated by alcohol, and it seems I'm not the only one as Hemmingway once said;

"Write drunk. Edit Sober."
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2013, 09:04:38 pm »

Have the detective find evidence that contradicts what he has been told about how the death took place and then about your M.C. being guilty.  He isn't trapped in the hospital so he can do lots off stage and then give bits of information to your M.C. during questioning.
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2013, 09:10:11 pm »

My advice is get drunk.


I'm not kidding, I always find that the creative part of my mind is stimulated by alcohol, and it seems I'm not the only one as Hemmingway once said;

"Write drunk. Edit Sober."

Do that normally. I think my problem is that I don't have and £12 per 750ml bottles of 13.5% alcohol drink!
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2013, 10:39:57 pm »

My advice is get drunk.


I'm not kidding, I always find that the creative part of my mind is stimulated by alcohol, and it seems I'm not the only one as Hemmingway once said;

"Write drunk. Edit Sober."

Do that normally. I think my problem is that I don't have and £12 per 750ml bottles of 13.5% alcohol drink!

Get yourself into Homebrewing my lad, it's remarkable how cheaply you can make decent booze (a gallon of wine; aka six bottles, for under a fiver, or 5 gallons of beer for under £15). Or failing that, check out your local Aldi/Lidl or other budget supermarket  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2013, 11:52:11 pm »

In his story 'Green Tea,' Le Fanu said that all writers write "on" something.  Balzac, I think, died of over-consumption of coffee, and Kipling swore by tobacco.  It's always something.  I wonder if you need a stimulant -- caffeine -- or a disinhibitor -- alcohol.  Nicotine is both.  Almond chocolate is a favorite of mine, because it both stimulates the mind and sustains the body with protein, fending of the horrible crash when the Hindenburg of the mind flames out.  But I think chocolate only works for women.  It is cheaper, though. Writer's block is a dreadful thing, but it might help you clean out your shed.  Good luck!
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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2013, 12:31:32 am »

A bit 'homeopathic remedy' I know but... Go for a walk. I have my best ideas when walking. To work, hiking, around town, whatever. Cycling is no good - too many things to pay attention to, but walking allows the mind to wander. Brisk pace and try not to start playing out dialogue out loud. People begin avoiding you and giving you funny looks. (This is a good technique on the bus however as it will likely get you a seat all by yourself...)
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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2013, 12:37:45 am »

But don't walk for too long.

Wouldn't want to risk a Homeopathic overdose.
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2013, 04:23:12 am »

there was some famous author that would just have someone walk in with a gun...(Chandler?)

Once upon a time, there was a 'plot wheel' that one could spin, and introduce things at random. Not sure where I saw that, but the originals were in the 20s-30s, IIRC.

You could spend a whole book finding out what happened...or just a chapter. It's a good way to keep the reader in suspense. Hope they find out before the enema squad shows up....j/k...Wink
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« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2013, 08:23:14 am »

Thanks all,

I have had a chocolate OD and crash before (along with a cola crash).

I have a few idea's but how to word them is the next issue.
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