Writing Fight Scenes (ebook) Review by Rayne Hall.
Are you an author looking to include a fight sequence in a period piece? How about a bodice ripper with sword fighting pirates? A coming of age martial arts tale?
Learn how to write exciting, realistic fight scenes with this bestselling guide.
Please note: This is a specialist book for people who have some creative/fiction writing experience; it is not suitable for absolute beginners. However, it is the absolute best primer for how to think about conceptualizing and writing fight scenes with weapons of all kinds.
This is the bestselling original by Rayne Hall, published in 2011 and updated in 2015.
Learn step-by-step how to create fictional fights which leave the reader breathless with excitement.
The book gives you a six-part structure to use as blueprint for your scene. It reveals tricks how to combine fighting with dialogue, which senses to use when and how, how to create a sense of realism, and how to stir the reader's emotions.
You'll decide how much violence your scene needs, what's the best location, how your heroine can get out of trouble with self-defense and how to adapt your writing style to the fast pace of the action.
There are sections on female fighters, male fighters, animals and weres, psychological obstacles, battles, duels, brawls, riots and final showdowns.
For the requirements of your genre, there is even advice on how to build erotic tension in a fight scene, how magicians fight, how pirates capture ships and much more.
You will learn about different types of weapons, how to use them in fiction, and how to avoid embarrassing blunders.
This book assumes that you have some fiction writing experience. You'll benefit most if you've already mastered the basics of the craft and want to learn specialist techniques. It is not recommend for absolute beginners.