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

Fight Scenes Must Be Realistic, Or You Will Lose Your Readers……..

One person found this helpful.
 on December 3, 2015
By Donald Hunt
There are many things that make up a fight scene, and unless you want

A Craft Book on Writing Fight Scenes for Writers of all Genres

 on October 19, 2014
By Daryl Gold
This is a valuable resource book for writers of all genres. I think I now have all of Rayne Hall’s instructional, how to, writing books. I even purchased one for a genre that I seldom read and certainly don’t write and was pleasantly surprised with the amount of information in that off-genre book that I could tweak enough to make it work for my own genre.

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.

A complete encyclopedia on writing fight scenes.

 on November 18, 2013
By Tia Clare
This book is an excellent resources for writers of every genre, from sweet and soft romance to horror. Before reading this book, I had no idea of the difference between what Rayne calls an entertaining fight scene and a gritty one.


One person found this helpful.
 on January 31, 2016
By Charles Freedom Long
I’ve been told I write good, even great fight scenes, but writers must be lifelong students of the craft, so I bought this book by Rayne Hall. I read it at one sitting. It’s that good. And in the reading I discovered how much of my fight scene writing was unconscious, intuitional, and even, yes, not so good as I imagined. There they were, laid out logically, clearly, all the why’s and wherefores, and how to’s of writing outstanding fight scenes, and avoiding the blunders. I would call this book indispensable.

Detailed manual with specific and useful advice

 on March 9, 2017
By keobooks
In the very first chapter, Rayne offered advice about details to add in a fight scene that I never thought about before. That chapter alone changed the way I approached my own fight scenes. I felt I had my money’s worth in that one chapter.

IDAHO Writer appreciates the help, the details, that Rayne gives which lend realism to my stories.

 on August 17, 2017
By Idaho Writer
I was elated with the information provided by Rayne Hall in this book. She not only went into hand-to-hand combat, but she told about the medieval weapons that were used during that time period, some of which I had never heard of before. (This is unusual because I read a lot.) She is detail-oriented and therein, lies the success of the stories we, as writers, are trying to tell.

Highly recommended

 on June 12, 2015
By Jake S.
Got this a few weeks ago, and breezed through it comparatively quickly. I must admit that I skipped over most of the traditional weapons except swords, having done my own research beforehand, though I plan to use it as a reference regardless. Magic, I read. Ms Hall did quite well with the magic section.

Something for Every Writer

 on July 23, 2015
By Clara Heart
This book is something of a hidden gem. For novice writers, this book contains invaluable information: different weapon types and what each is capable of (did you know that a scimitar was not as effective at piercing or stabbing as a rapier?). For the more advanced writers, some of the information might seem a little basic, ie “before the attack, the heroine holds something in her hand, but during the attack the item is forgotten.” However, I found this only to be true when reading the book straight through.

Book Review: WRITING FIGHT SCENES (Rayne Hall)

 on February 5, 2015
By Eleanore T.
You’re writing a swashbuckling pirate adventure, and the hero and villain have just met on deck and drawn swords. You need a dazzling fight scene to maintain tension and reader interest, and to keep them turning pages.

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