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Monday, August 1

Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

Fight scenes. Notoriously tricky. I should know as they are a particular weakness of mine.

A good fight scene is something that makes you remember a book or a film. A terrible fight scene can make you want to put a novel down or change the channel.

So what is it that makes a good scrap?

As in all things this is a matter of personal taste. Some prefer the gritty realism of George R. R. Martin's combat, others the more romantic prose of Tolkien where blood and guts is rare.

In films think of the high style of Keanu Reeves in the Matrix, the comedic value of Michael York and pals in the Three Musketeers or the manga inspired Uma Thurman chopping off limbs in Kill Bill Vol 1.

For the more realistic there is of course the now classic Fight Club and even the ineffective wrestle between Hugh Grant and Colin Firth in the film of Bridget Jones's Diary. (I know, I know -its a bit wet but at least it is memorable!)

It is worth looking at all these and identifying the things that make them work. Find the elements and style that match your story and have a go at it!

Of course the internet also has advice to offer and to save you the trouble I have scoured it on your behalf.

On Fictionpress there is an interesting thread here. There are a number of chapters to this piece so work back from the summary to find what is of most use to you.

A more succinct series of pointers can be found on writing.com whereas good and bad examples and can be found on storyhack along with a set of rules you could do worse than to follow.

As always hope the above is of some use and I hope it inspires you to get stuck in!


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