- Series: Writer's Craft
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1507891407
- ISBN-13: 978-1507891407
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing Fight Scenes (Writer's Craft)
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About the Author
Rayne Hall is the author of over 50 books in several genres (mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction), published under several pen names in several languages. She is the editor of the Ten Tales anthologies and author of the bestselling Writer's craft series. Rayne's muse is a black cat, adopted from the cat shelter, who likes to sit between her arms as she types.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is no exaggeration--one page in the chapter on animals (key advice: "Don't make animals fight like people," so cut those capoeira capybaras, kids!) is nothing but YouTube links. An entire page of YouTube links. Very few descriptions, very little setup. Wow, a book that does my Googling for me! What a helpful resource!
For 99 cents, it MAY be helpful as a general reference--that is, if your knowledge of swords is limited to "is sharp," maybe the section that reads like a D&D equipment list may be helpful. As far as fulfilling the promise of the title, however, the book falls flat.
This book is extremely reasonably priced for the Kindle. I figured what can I lose for $4.99 if it would help me with my writing. You see I wrote a scene that ended up being a three sentence paragraph. I tried to expand on it, but nothing worked. I made that paragraph into 630 words just by reading the first two chapters of Hall's book.
Hall has thirty-three chapters in this book broken out by topic. I have to admit that I skipped several chapters the first time because none of them applied to my book. Chapter 1 describes the two basic fight scenes: gritty or entertaining. All fight scenes are categorized as these or a combination of. Chapter two was on location and how to describe in the scene. That really helped. Other chapters include weapons (broken out into individual chapters on swords, staffs, club, etc.), magical devices, self-defence, strength and skill, psychological impact, female fighting, male fighting, animals and weres, armor, situations, how to pull at the reader's emotion, battles, siege warfare, nautical fights, genres, pacing, and dialogue within the fight. That is just some of the topics the author covers.
Each chapter is broken into subheadings that help you zero in on what you need for your particular fight scene. That helped me tremendously. I don't want to waste time on sections that I don't need right now.
At the end of each chapter, the author also points out what blunders to avoid. He mentions what would really throw a reader off or weaken the plot and story. Those bullet points were invaluable as I found I had made a few of them.
Another wonderful aspect of this book is the examples he provides. He gives you links to videos so you can see firsthand in movies what he is talking about. This works great for a visual person like me. It makes his words even more powerful.
At the end of the book, are resources he directs you to for more information than he provides. He doesn't get too detailed in swords though he mentions the different types and how they are handled. If you want more in depth study of them, he points you in the right direction.
I find that I'm using the book over and over. With each new scene, I've got it up on my Kindle and I'm reading it in detail. This is probably one of the best purchases I've made as a writing resource.
Note: The author of this review purchased the book with her own funds.
your readers to skip over, or shake their heads at what you are trying to get
them to see and feel, it would do you good to read and study this guide.
There are three sections to a fight scene.......
1. Suspense....the moments leading up to the fight.
2. Action.......will your fight be, gritty or entertaining?
3. Aftermath....the moments after the action.
How long will the fight go,how much blood, gore, and the number of killed, or injured, are very
important decisions, that the writer has to make.
Over do them, and some readers could be grossed out.
Under do them, and some readers will lose interest.
The book covers many "don'ts", don't skip over those.
Men fighting women, is another super sensitive area, be careful if you decide to have a fight scene
You may lose readers.
As you can see, there are many facets that go into writing a fight scene, I have only touched on a few
of them in this review.
Just so you know, I went back and rewrote many of my fight scenes, after reading and studying this book.