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Need help in writing a scene - January 4th 2015, 06:10 PM

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Okay so I'm working on this story where the female protagonist attempts to kill herself by drowning but is rescued by someone at the last moment. The scene somewhat goes in a manner that she is walking towards the sea as the water level slowly rises and she is getting immersed in water slowly.
I just wanted to know the mechanisms of drowning. Like, what exactly does one feel when water enters our system in volumes? Or where is the pain felt?

Also, if she is already in the water and almost unconscious, is it scientifically possible to resuscitate her without any medical help? Are there any aftereffects of this?

The girl does not know how to swim, so would the body's impulses still kick in and would she try to save herself involuntarily by struggling?

I hope this made enough sense :/
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Re: Need help in writing a scene - January 14th 2015, 04:37 PM

Hey there,

I haven't been through an experience like this but I'll try do my best to guide you a bit.

The psychological aspect can be subjective, it can depend on the kind of person that the protagonist is, the kind of experiences that she's had in her life. But since I am not a professional, I can't say for sure. You could talk to a psychologist/ counsellor in your school, ask if they've spoken to someone who has been through a similar situation. You can also try reading up blogs on the internet about people's experiences with drowning, though this could be triggering so be careful. You can also read up books. There is a short story by William Douglas in 12th's English book in CBSE curriculum. The book is called Flamingo, I think. You could borrow it from a senior if you follow CBSE in your school or download it from CBSE's website.

As for the scientific part, a doctor could help you the best. You could speak to the school nurse/ doctor and get their perspective.

I know that this doesn't really answer your questions but I wish you luck.

Take care.

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