A Novel Idea

May 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm 4 comments

I’ve decided to write a novel in my spare time but since I don’t read many novels and I don’t do much creative writing I’ve honestly got no idea if I’m any good or I’m just being delusional. So here’s a little teaser of the sort of story I have in mind – please let me know if it’s any good or if I should give up now and not waste months writing a load of shite.

You’ve been shot. The when, why and how aren’t important, but the where is. It wasn’t in the head, which means you’re still conscious and you still have time to think. Your instant reaction is panic, and the belief that you only have a few precious seconds left before the rest of your body catches up to what your brain knows – that something isn’t quite right and it’s probably best to give up.

As you lie in a helpless heap waiting for the end to your all-too-short life, you slowly come to the realisation it’s taking a lot longer than you were led to believe. You think of that infinite body count of cowboys, soldiers and terrorists that’s stacked up in front of your eyes in movies and video games all your life – an endless supply of cannon fodder, almost all of whom died instantly – yet it’s been more than five minutes now and you’re still here. You’re in a great deal of pain, granted, but you’re still here.

Something’s wrong. It’s not supposed to happen like this. And yet, it is. Because the stark reality, obvious as it seems, is that those movies and video games you used as subconscious education throughout your seemingly not-over-yet life were just entertainment. They were never really supposed to be replacements for medical textbooks. But since you haven’t seen many people being shot in real life they’re the examples your mind jumps to for quick reference. You don’t realise it at that point in time but the cold, hard fact in real life is that as long as you’re still alive by the time you get medical attention, the survival rate of most non-head gunshot wounds is 95%.

And so, as the ambulance pulls up next to your fallen frame and you’re told everything’s going to be okay as you’re carefully lifted into the back, you’d be forgiven for thinking that some miraculous intervention had taken place, that for some magical reason it wasn’t your time and there was a reason for all this. That somehow, you still have a purpose in life. In truth though, it was just science.

It actually happens all the time, we just never hear about it. After all, the news is driven by impact, and there isn’t much impact in telling a captive audience that “a man was shot today but he’ll be alright”. So it’s not your fault that the moment you realised a bullet had entered your body you instantly decided it had sealed your fate – you’re just a normal person. Gunshots aren’t the sort of thing you’re expected to encounter in your life, and so it’s not your job to know what happens when one thunks itself into your body.

It’s not your job to know. But it is mine. It’s my job to research this sort of thing, to find out the exact physics and science behind gunshots and stabbings and explosions. It’s my job to learn all this and then completely ignore it. Because you know those video games your mind foolishly used as a frame of reference as you lay there expecting to meet the Reaper? I make them for a living.

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  • 1. Aman Pathiara  |  May 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Interesting idea. To be honest, some bits felt a little padded out, probably things you wouldn’t say to someone who has just been shot, haha. The character is analytical, but without the context coming earlier, it can feel a little padded imo. But I’d be interested in reading more! Particularly since now I know why the character is like that, haha.

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  • 2. Yirba  |  May 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I liked the teaser. I look forward to reading the novel. 😀

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  • 3. jamie warner  |  May 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I love it, the idea is magically solid.
    It could be like we have the ending here at the begining and the reason he hasnt passed over is because the answer to why he is in this situation hasnt been unsolved in his head and as he drifts in and out of conciousnous he has flashes of the actual event plus odd flashes of the lead up to the the event and as this is happening paramedics are working hard at the scene to save him plus the whole time he is narating is own thoughts in a calm and maybe sarcastic way to why he is here? Plus he could be treating it as a race against time to solve it within his own mind and he could die narating that maybe he never fully solved it or could death had always been on the cards it was just his bodys way of numbing the pain and thoughts of the exit that was always awaiting him?
    Wow! Got into that abit didnt i??
    Got alot of potential chris and in the words of sonic “i’m waaaaiiiitiiiinnng” 😉

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  • 4. Awesomesaurus  |  May 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I like the premise, it has real potential. I hope to read this one day.

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