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Anonymous asked: My character is fainting, but what's a different way to say 'and then my world went black?'
Describe what your character is feeling, hearing, and seeing. Fainting isn’t just the world fading to black.
- Some people see black, some people see white, some people see colors, and some people see a combination.
- Losing your sight before fainting is gradual because fainting is gradual (though quicker than the other symptoms). People usually feel it coming on between a few minutes or less than a minute before they faint.
- Losing your sight starts from the outside and slowly works inward.
- Your ears might pop.
- You might hear that high-pitched ringing.
- You might lose your hearing altogether.
- Everything might be muffled and distant.
- When you faint, you feel dizzy or lightheaded.
- A lot of people feel like they have a fever and then wake up in a cold sweat.
- Some people lose feeling in their limbs or other parts of their body.
- A lot of people have terrible balance as the fainting comes nearer. It feels like the ground is moving and you can’t walk straight.
- Some people shake and tremble.
Fainting can take anywhere from several minutes to less than a minute, but your vision typically disappears completely around the time your fall. The falling part itself can be scary because you can’t see, but also because you don’t know when it’s going to happen.
When you faint, you only use consciousness for a few seconds, if at all. After fainting, a lot of people are confused or shocked. It might take a minute or so for their vision to come back. If you want to say something other than “and then my world went to black”, describe your character’s symptoms and the gradual loss of vision. If you’re ending the scene this way, end it with the complete loss of vision and the fall.