- File Size: 132 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004V9HL7G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Write The Fight Right Kindle Edition
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So you write it, and somehow, on paper, it's not as good as it was in your head. Or your critiquers put voice to your fear: "Sorry, it's just not realistic." So you rewrite and rewrite and you just can't get it. You need experience, you figure, but you've never been in a fight in your life. You've only watched them on television and in movies. How can you write what you don't know? Short of starting a barroom brawl, what do you do?
Start by reading this book.
Alan Baxter is a writer and martial arts instructor. He knows how to write and knows how to fight. He wrote this book to help you and me, the non-fighter, write our fight scenes with confidence and accuracy so no one can tell us, "Sorry, it's just not realistic."
The book is broken out into small chapters that cover the various techniques of fighting as well as reactions and outcomes. It also includes a cheat sheet checklist and a sample fight scene.
"This book won't teach you how to fight, but it will teach you some of the things you need to know to write convincingly about fighting."
As you read this how-to-write book, keep paper and pen handy because you will want to take notes. Some of the information seems obvious, like "nothing is more important in fighting that footwork," and "it's hard to hit a moving target.Read more ›
I purchased this book (and another one that returned on the search for “writing fight scenes”) because I’m rewriting a chapter in my novel in which fight scenes are prominent. I realized that there is a fine art to writing a good fight scene, and that I could use some help in being more effective at it. One needs fight scenes to have fast pacing and to be visceral. At the same time, one must avoid getting bogged down in detail even in the face of multiple attackers or unfamiliar and complex weaponry. This book won’t help you one iota in this regard, and, to be fair, it says in the blurb that the book will not help with one’s writing.
The book is about what it’s like to be in a fight and how to separate Hollywood myth and misconception from reality. As a long-time martial artist with both military and law enforcement training as well as an avid reader, there was nothing new or interesting in this book—though there wasn’t much I would disagree with either.
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Fortunately, we have Alan Baxter on our side. In this fast read (12,000 words) professional fighter and author Baxter shares his expertise in the friendly manner of two friends taking a morning coffee break. His down-to-earth voice and self-effacing wisdom is so darn likable, you might almost forget this guy is lethal--except for the fact that he's packed this book with an insane amount of useful details about how to recognize, initiate, survive, and win a fight.
He explains up front that no book, especially one of this size, is capable of teaching you how to fight or even how to nail all the details of your characters' fights. But this is the perfect place to start. He explains the basics of physical confrontations, the psychology behind the action, and the all-important "what not to dos." When I started the book, I wasn't sure what kind of information I was going to find; I was half-expecting a relatively un-useful list of kicks and punches. But Baxter goes far beyond that. Not only will your characters be better fighters by the time you've finished reading this book, but you'll have picked up a few good self-defense tips for yourself. In short, I highly recommend this book. Five out of five stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent introduction to some basic information about fighting. It's short, so if you expect it to be a comprehensive discussion on everything to do with fighting you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle Johnson
I’ve read one book of Alan Baxter’s (Bound – my review), and whilst this novel had some issues, it clearly demonstrated that Alan could write a hell of a fight scene. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kristian Thoroughgood
Needing a quick guide to not embarrassing myself while writing fight scenes, I bought this particular book based on recollecting how detailed, precise, and effective the fight... Read morePublished 7 months ago by James Milton
A nice, informative, but brief, summary of physical and mental aspects of unarmed combat with a few pointers on how to bring them out in the story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Peter
Shorter than I'd wished, but the info was helpful and to the point.Published 18 months ago by Karen
Anyone who writes fast paced action scenes should read this first!Published 19 months ago by Kate Parker
Short and to the point, Write the Fight Right says exactly what it does, and Alan Baxter offers a valuable resource to any author who might need to write combat scenes. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nerine Dorman
I wish he'd gone more into detail about what kind of physical reactions are and aren't possible from different types and strengths of hits. Read morePublished on August 17, 2014 by Songbird21
Clear and helpful, he explained not only explains basic tactics, he includes why techniques used commonly in entertainment are not realistic. Read morePublished on August 11, 2014 by Kathleen Marineau
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