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You have two characters whose conflict is getting physical. Depending on your story, it might be a sword fight, a fist fight, or even one with more creative weapons. Do you know how to describe this intense scene where the reader can see it as though they are there? Maybe not as good as you think you might. At this point, a great book comes into the picture for any writer in this position.
I have to say that this is one of the best books I ever bought to help me write. It’s amazing. So many things were revealed to me that I just never noticed before.
Writing a fight scene isn’t as easy as you might think. There are small things that you need to know that can make a big difference with the reader. For one thing, what kind of fighting is it? You can’t fist fight the same way as you sword fight. You can’t fight with a dagger the same way as you use a tire iron.
Have you considered how opponents of different sizes have to fight? How about women versus men? Right handed or left handed? Each of these can make a difference in how to describe a fight.
I’ll be honest. I never thought of most of what I found in this book. Never occurred to me to consider any of the aspects. I’m not a fighter and just watch them on the silver screen. Yet after reading this book I noticed there was much more to describing fighting than I originally thought.
Use this book to help develop powerful and more accurate fight scenes. You’ll go from “they fought” scenes to fight scenes that draw you into the very battle. The good writing has the reader hearing the clash of swords or feeling the air rush by as a fist punches out.
I need to use this more often. After I write a fight scene, I realize how weak it really is. I go back and read this book again to help me improve the scene and help the reader join me within the story. It truly is one of the most valuable resources a writer can use. Check it out.
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