Writing Fight Scenes (Writer’s Craft)

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This is the bestselling original by Rayne Hall, published in 2011 and updated in 2013.

Learn step-by-step how to create fictional fights which leave the reader breathless with excitement.

The book gives you a six-part structure to use as blueprint for your scene. It reveals tricks how to combine fighting with dialogue, which senses to use when and how, how to create a sense of realism, and how to stir the reader's emotions.

You'll decide how much violence your scene needs, what's the best location, how your heroine can get out of trouble with self-defence and how to adapt your writing style to the fast pace of the action.

There are sections on female fighters, male fighters, animals and weres, psychological obstacles, battles, duels, brawls, riots and final showdowns.
For the requirements of your genre, there is even advice on how to build erotic tension in a fight scene, how magicians fight, how pirates capture ships and much more.

You will learn about different types of weapons, how to use them in fiction, and how to avoid embarrassing blunders.

Please note: This book assumes that you have some fiction writing experience. You'll benefit most if you've already mastered the basics of the craft and want to learn specialist techniques. It is not recommend for absolute beginners.

The book uses British English.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1387 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1507891407
  • Publisher: Scimitar Press (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MJFVS0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A Valuable Reference

30 people found this helpful.
 on April 10, 2012
By Rebecca Graf
You don’t realize how hard it is to write fight scenes until you actually have to do it. After all, how much do you know of hand to hand combat or using a sword? Probably not much. That is when Rayne Hall’s book, Writing Fight Scenes, can be come in handy.

An excellent resource for the weapons newbie.

22 people found this helpful.
 on October 15, 2012
By Tiffany Munro
Unfortunately, Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall might better be titled “Picking The Perfect Weapon for Your Fight Scene”. For anyone with background in weaponry, a great portion of the book will be useless, as much of it is dedicated to weapon types (including a long section on magic weapons and how they work) and why your female heroine shouldn’t wield an axe. Which is great if you’re writing a historic fiction or realistic, gritty fantasy. If you already know your sword types, and have considered the background of your characters to give them appropriate weaponry for the time period they’re in. And I do note swords: I know my guns and was disappointed there was less information in Writing Fight Scenes about guns and gun types. Most weapons covered were fairly standard fantasy fodder: swords and daggers, spears, pole arms, maces, axes, unarmed fighting. Great, now how about some explosives, examples of science fiction weaponry, and guns beyond “rifles, handguns, and shotguns.” More time was spent on Hall’s thoughts on magical weapons than on modern weaponry. This is offset by a section on hand-to-hand combat, but I still felt it was lacking.

Great how-to book

9 people found this helpful.
 on December 30, 2011
By Amazon Customer
As one who’s benefited greatly from Rayne Hall’s writing instruction in various venues and forums, let me say that it’s great to see this work available in publication. Like most writers and writer wannabees, I have a bookshelf filled with books on the craft. Ms. Hall’s work is better that the lot of them. Her teaching is straightforward, to the point, and filled with tips and practical examples, all in a clearly written presentation that packs a lot into an economy of wording. You can fill a shelf with books like I did, enroll in countless writing classes, attend conference after conference, and not come up with information as beneficial to your development as a writer as you’ll find in one of her courses, and now in the first of what one hopes will be a series of instruction books.

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