Today on the A to Z challenge, we are up to the letter P. I decided to go with Poison. As a fantasy writer, I have often written about poison, whether it be on a poisoned item such as a dagger or one that is slipped into someone’s drink.
When writing about a poison, be sure to research it well. You need to know how it is administered, how it affects the body, and whether there is an antidote or not. The Internet is obviously a great place to research poisons, but I love the book Deadly Doses – a writer’s guide to poisons. This is a great beginning resource for symptoms, toxicity levels and reaction times.
And if you can’t find a poison to fit your story, consider creating your own. For more information on that, check out my post: Creating a fictional poison to add drama to your novel.