As most of you know, I recently finished writing Book #2 of my WWI trilogy. The setting for this story is a hospital in France during the Great War. With this setting, the word b-l-o-o-d inevitably came up.
Problem is, I can't see, read, talk or even listen to stories involving blood without getting squeamish. To illustrate just how bad it is, a few weeks ago I attempted reading a Magic School Bus book to one of my kids. One of the students in the story had a cut and the class shrank in size, as they do, and went to explore her veins. I made it only a few pages before I had to stop reading the book altogether. It was making me sick just reading the scientific information about veins out loud!
Needless to say, it was a big feat for me to even describe blood in my book. There's a scene where the heroine cuts her hand with a pair of scissors, and boy did it take great courage to "write" about even a little blood. Maybe I'm getting better, because a later scene with some references to blood weren't as tough to write.
Then again, this whole post has me squirming over the topic! :)
Are you as squeamish as me?
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