How to write Fight Scenes: Useful Sites
A while back (and midway through a spyfy) I realized I didn’t know how to write fight scenes. So I googled it. Problem is, apparently everyone posts what everyone knows about fight scenes. I ate page after page of redundant material until I had found enough unique sites to know my stuff. Do not worry, this is not going to be yet another post on what everyone knows about fight scenes. Other people have written enough on how to write fight scenes that I can give you a nice triplet of links and sleep at night knowing I’ve helped you bloody your characters. Take the time to read through these; it can only improve your fighting skill. Er, writing fighting skill.
How to Write a Fight Scene
After I read this, I thought, “I need to rewrite every fight scene I’ve ever written.” After a friend read this (on my recommendation), she said, “I feel like rewriting every fight scene I’ve ever done.” Essentially the same thing. 😉 I believe you will feel the same way too. The author leads you through a fight scene step by step in the one of the more engaging voices I have read in an article.
Fight Scenes 101
An entire (small) site devoted to fight scenes. Thumbs up. The sections are titled Location, Weapons, Language, Writing, Big Odds, Big Battles, Other Types of Action, and Weapons Database, which gives you a good idea of the contents.
Does Your Fight Scene Pack a Punch?
Just an article, but it packs a punch. Pun unintended. This article focuses on two major things: how to keep your fight scenes from looking like a choreographer’s notebook (For the record, mine did.) and how to give your fight scene emotional punch. After all, readers aren’t going to worry about that broken nose if there is no emotion involved.
Pretty much every other article you’ll find parrots what is covered in these three sites. ‘Tis a pity. I could rant about regurgitation articles forever (or at least a paragraph). Instead. . . Enough experts. What do you have to say about writing fight scenes? Anything to add?
Posted on February 9, 2011, in Adventure/Thriller, How-To, On Writing, Posts by Genre, Useful Sites and tagged fight scenes, how to write, On Writing, Useful Sites. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.