How to Write a Fight Scene (Guide)What this guide will cover:How to Write a Fight Scene (Guide)7 months ago in Writing More Like This
1) Introduction to this guide
2) What is a fight scene?
3) Why should you have them? Are they needed?
4) The ‘dos’ of a successful fight scene
5) The ‘don’ts’ of a poor fight scene
6) Extras and personal preferences
7) A good-bye and good luck!
Firstly and foremost(ly), I am, by no means, a professional of fight scenes. What this document, or this guide even, should employ is a step up to the dos and don’ts of a successful fight scene that I have learned over the years. You could say that this is me giving you what I know, which it is. Most likely, you already have some knowledge of how fight scenes work because you’ve read books. I’m hoping you have, dear god. Also, you have good grammar skills, or you know the basics at least. By the beard of Zeus and the limitless light of Helios, please tell me you do! You do, good, good. You wouldn’t be here else.
What is a fight
10 Quick Tips: StorytellingFor those with high-powered jobs, demanding pets, or other drains on your valuable time: here is a quick, ten-point tutorial for better storytelling.10 Quick Tips: Storytelling3 years ago in Writing More Like This
The points are drawn from books, articles, casually-offered-advice and my own experience. Much like the Ten Commandments, they aren't all concrete rules. Just things to strongly keep in mind.
1. Show, don't tell.
-> Don't tell us that elves are disliked. Show us the disgust on people's faces when one appears.
-> But sometimes it is quicker just to tell. Watch out for those times.
2. Dramatise more.
-> Don't give the reader overviews. Pick out scenes and dramatise them.
-> Narrators explaining things is boring. Characters doing things is exciting.
3. The protagonist drives the story.
-> They're the decision-maker, not a parcel to be carried around.
-> Stories are about the hero doing things, not just having things done to them.
4. Every scene has a purpose.