This is a list I compiled of things found scribbled in my WIP notebooks, reminder sticky notes, and other general nuggets of knowledge I've acquired in the process.
1) The human body is better at surviving g-forces that are perpendicular to the spine.
2) Computer keyboards can withstand one cup of apple juice. No one really needs the 3 or P key anyway.
3) There supposedly is a way to make someone pass out by applying pressure to two points on the neck at the same time. Due to the risk of possible cardiac arrest, my husband won't let me use him as a guinea pig to test this theory.
4)There are many rules to writing. All are meant to be broken at times, which means they aren't so much rules as suggestions. But if you're going to break the rules, you have to break them the right way.
*Very similar to the mother/daughter chats I was forced to endure about how I had the freedom to make my own decisions, but I better hope like hell I made the right ones.
5)When your laptop alerts you that your battery is almost dead, it really doesn't care if you're in the middle of writing your best. scene. ever.
6)Embalming fluid contains formaldehyde, methanol, and ethanol. Enough embalming fluid is buried in the US every year to fill eight Olympic size pools.
Can't believe I ever went to dinner parties without this conversation starter!
7) # is a hashtag (twitter)
8) Your characters really don't hear you when you're yelling at them. Only the people in the general vicinity of you and your computer do, and they will think you are strange.
9) Page breaks don't always care that you plan to go back and edit.
10) As much as you'd like to perform your own experiments to gain a true visual perspective for some explosive scene, it really is best to listen when they tell you 'Don't try this at home'. Trust me.
What random knowledge have you learned from writing?