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Practical Prompt 3-30-16: Fight Scenes Part 3

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

For our March “Learn to Write by Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books in which the authors did a great job writing fight scenes.

Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript. Make sure the tone of your fight scene matches the tone of your story. A slap-stick fight scene with witty dialogue and pratfalls may be perfect for a comedy, but totally out of place in a gritty drama.

Practical Prompt 3-23-16: Fight Scenes Part 2

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

For our March “Learn to Write by Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books in which the authors did a great job writing fight scenes.

Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript. After blocking in your fight scene add in the emotion. What are your characters feeling as the fight progresses? Fear? Excitement? Anger? Now convey those emotions with body language and dialogue.

What you say to a man with two black eyes . . .

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

Old joke. What do you say to a man with two black eyes?

Nothing. He’s already been told twice.

It’s a good joke and in a certain sense very true. Actions speak, and fight scenes in a story are no exception. It’s not just a matter of who hit who, where, and with what. Every nuance, every pithy line, every triumph and mistake, the setting, the tone all works together to create a scene that has the potential to quicken the reader’s pulse and draw them deeper into the world of your story. My hope here is to offer you some tips and ideas to get you moving in that direction. Continue reading

What Makes a Fight Scene Good?

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

Since our “Learn to Write by Reading Challenge” this month is about writing fight scenes, I’ve been thinking about them a lot lately. Every story needs conflict, all kinds of conflict, but I do admit to having a soft spot for literary violence. I love a good fight or battle scene, but the operative word is good. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 3-16-16: Fight Scenes Part 1

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

For our March “Learn to Write by Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books in which the authors did a great job writing fight scenes.

Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript. Block in your fight scene. Where does the fight take place? What props, if any, are involved and how do the characters use them? Then determine the flow of action so that one movement or action logically leads to the next.