Writing a Fight Scene

I was messing around with StumbleUpon today and came across a pretty cool writing blog with an interesting post titled Write the Fight. I have yet to get to a “fight sequence” part of my novel, but I figure I would get there at some point. Anyhow, this article is pretty in depth and I figured some of you might be struggling with this too.

Here are the basic steps to writing a fight scene, according to the article:

1) Decide which characters are going to be in the fight and how they’re likely to react to it.

2) Design a location for the fight to take place in.

3) Imagine every movement that the characters make as though it was a fight sequence in a film.

4) Build on your imagined film sequence and put it into words.

5) Insert these words into your writing, being careful to avoid too many extended descriptions and metaphors. Keep the adrenaline going and your sentences short.

Anyhow, if you like this, read the rest of the article. It’s very informative. Also, check out the rest of the site.

6 thoughts on “Writing a Fight Scene

  1. Hey, this is a great resource for those who are writers like myself. I found this interesting , and I’m glad I read this blog. I’ll be looking through the rest of your musings. Feel free to read my story/blog too.

  2. Brilliant! That is so interesting. I had a fight scene in my last MS – what I did was watch a fight scene from a movie, scribbled notes about it including strong verbs for relevant movement, then honed that down, cleaned it up and stuck it in to the MS. Fortunately I was already clear on characters and location but I found the trick of actually watching a movie fight scene as a huge help.

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