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  1. Leaka

    Leaka Creative Mettle

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    Chemical Burn

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Leaka, Jun 8, 2014.

    I need help describing an old chemical burn on a character of mine.

    I wasn't sure how to go about describing something like this. What kind of langauge should I use? I did look up some pictures, but I got squeamish at some point.
     
  2. Link the Writer

    Link the Writer Flipping Out For A Good Story. Contributor

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    You could do it like this:

    Harold looked at the old burn on his arm, a reminder of his stupid decision back in his high school chemistry class that nearly cost him that limb.

    That's all I've got right now. :D Hope that helps.
     
  3. Leaka

    Leaka Creative Mettle

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    Adjectives. Like describing a look
     
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    J.P.Clyde Prince of Melancholy Contributor

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    How convenient for me. This is how I did it in my novel:

    Hope that helps.
     
  5. GingerCoffee

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    Is this about a scar or a fresh burn?

    And you get squeamish, @Leaka? How are you going to write if you get squeamish researching something you want to describe?
     
  6. J.P.Clyde

    J.P.Clyde Prince of Melancholy Contributor

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    Was the question to me? I was trying to portray a scar of an old burn. I thought it would be helpful to OP.
     
  7. GingerCoffee

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    My question was to @Leaka.
     
  8. J.P.Clyde

    J.P.Clyde Prince of Melancholy Contributor

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    All right. Now you have seen how narcissistic I can be. I think people are constantly thinking about me.
     
  9. Leaka

    Leaka Creative Mettle

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    What would an old chemical wound look like?

    And yes I got squeamish. It was all icky and gross. It made me get all goosebumpy.
     
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    My cousin was burned pretty badly when I was a child. She always reminded me of raw chicken skin.
     
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    The skin where he'd been burned was a livid red; pockmarked and scarred. There was no sensation there, the nerve endings having been burned out and replaced by a thick layer of lumpy keloid tissue.

    How's that for a nasty scar?
     

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