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Write The Fight Right by [Baxter, Alan]
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  • 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
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Im a huge fan of combat instruction and experience, but two stars must be given because this is a very very quick read being so because so much detail is left out. Nothing about violence escalation stages, reactions to these stages by those other stages, and the differentiation between mindsets of the murderous versus the basically aggressive. Missing too, is any notion of fighting those with altered perceptions (fiending addicts, the insane), and or group fight dynamics and psychology (handy if your character is a gang banger or victim of gang violence for example). It seems more geared to low level one on one sport fighting or basic survival methods. Very broadly brushed topics regarding some weapons, fight distances and strike options, and so forth but doesn't get into the viscera of the fight experience (it tries at times). Some physiological responses are touched on but so much detail and subject matter is left out that your fight scenes will start to sound eerily familiar if you just rely on this book to flesh them out. Very rudimentary. Too short by far and is a direct result of leaving whole swaths of pertinent info out.
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You're making great progress in writing your novel and then you come to the climactic fight scene. You know how it's supposed to go. You can see the whole thing in your head, blow for blow, until the bad guy is down on the ground, bruised, bloody and unconscious with the hero standing over him, fists clenched, barely breathing hard, not a hair out of place. The girl runs into the hero's arms, they kiss, end of story.

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.
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I was going to pan this for being the wrong book, but then I read through the blurb (and even the subtitle) and realized that it was largely my fault that I got the wrong book. Furthermore, I recognized that the information contained in this tiny e-book is good and that it’s packaged in a concise form. I, thus, concluded that this is the right book for someone—just not me nor many of you. I’ll, therefore, devote the bulk of this review to differentiating for whom the book will be beneficial and for whom it won’t. Because of the dearth of books on the topic I was interested in, I can imagine others erroneously purchasing this book and having (the albeit tiny) $2.50 worth of buyer’s remorse.

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.

Three criteria for readership:
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This was a great little book of tips for those who write, not fight. I highlighted quite a bit of the book, only to find a cheat sheet checklist at the end which summed up most of my highlights. This will be something I refer to when rewriting my fight scenes. Well worth the quick read!
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Sooner or later, most authors are faced with the necessity of having a character throw a few punches. A streetwise cop taking on thugs or a hunky gentleman saving his damsel--whatever your cuppa, the nature of conflict demanded by good fiction means characters often end up getting physical with each other. This is a good thing, since no conflict means no story. But what isn't so good is the fact that many of us are uninitiated in the cold hard facts of fighting. We take our cues from Hollywood's overblown, highly unrealistic action--and, as a result, we fail to present the necessary telling details to convince our readers that our fight scenes are the real deal.

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.
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