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Writing Fight Scenes

Advice for turning a fight into a compelling story.

Writing Fight Scenes

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Release Date : September 3, 2013

ISBN Number : 9781611383072


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Have you ever:

  • Held a sword?
  • Taken a karate class?
  • Punched another person in the face?

Even if your answer is “no,” you can still write a good fight scene. In this guide, fantasy novelist Marie Brennan will show you how. Drawing on her experience with fencing, stage combat choreography, Okinawan martial arts, and above all writing, she lays out the components that turn the strikes into a compelling story.

From purpose to tactics to prose, Writing Fight Scenes walks you through the anatomy and execution of combat on the page.

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  • Part One: Prepping the Scene
    • The Philosophy of a Fight Scene
    • The Purpose of the Fight
    • Who?
    • What?
    • Where?
  • Part Two: Concrete Details
    • Basic Principles of Fighting
    • Making Maps
    • Smooth Moves
    • Beats
  • Part Three: Getting It on the Page
    • Point of View
    • Word Choice
    • Sentence Structure
    • Dialogue
    • Focus
  • Part Four: Principles in Action
    • Behind the Scenes
    • From Dancing the Warrior
    • From In Ashes Lie
  • Conclusion

About the Author: Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors’ hard work to The Night Parade of 100 Demons and the short novel Driftwood, and together with Alyc Helms as M.A. Carrick, she is the author of the Rook and Rose epic fantasy trilogy, beginning with The Mask of Mirrors. The first book of her Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent, A Natural History of Dragons, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Her other works include the Doppelganger duology, the urban fantasy Wilders series, the Onyx Court historical fantasies, the Varekai novellas, and over seventy short stories, as well as the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides. For more information, visit, Twitter @swan_tower, or her Patreon.

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