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Online Robin Ryuu

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Re: i need advice on writing fight scenes plzz help
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2017, 01:03:43 AM »
Fight scenes are not just fight scenes. They are a build up of character and tension leading to an exact moment. The best way to write a proper fight scene is to create a connection to the reader and the character(s) within the fight. Try reading many stories out there, it is not the fight scenes themselves that really stand out, but everything surrounding it. A story is there for the story, not the action.

Now visually, there is a lot more leverage about creating awesome fight scenes. Assuming that you turn your story into a graphic novel, it is much easier just to write a script than a novel. Scripts allow writers to show rather than tell, which brings more versatility in creating fight scenes. Often times what we think is boring word-wise (IE: John swung wildly at Jack) is the flesh and bone of visual presentation.

The tips I'm going to present you are going to help regardless of which approach you take. They will give you a bit better of an understanding of how to properly lead up to a good action scene.

Understanding CURS. CURS is a technique primarily for world building. Assuming that your story has fight scenes in the first place, it either revolves around a different world entirely, or a part of the world that we don't know of (in a manner of speaking, the fantastical element).

C- Contrast (from our world). You want to, throughout a story, define clear differences in the setting that your protagonist resides in in comparison to the world and environment that we live in.
U- Unknown. There are unknowns to you (the author) and your audience. Aliens, secret agencies, murderers, vampires... These are all examples of things that are unfamiliar to us, and thus contributes to the suspense of the story.
R- Repetition. The most important thing in fantasy is to make the world familiar to the reader. Prior to this, introducing new concepts in the story can come across as confusing. It is important to establish the foundations through repetition before experimenting with new concepts.
S- Start small. A story or setting always should be small, and slowly grow to understanding for the reader. As your plot grows more and more intense, so will the tension behind it.

So now, what is the driver of good action? Conflict. You need to use CURS to create the tension so it is around in an action scene. Before the fight, certain traits of the story need already be clearly established.

- Great characters and world
- Themes and story
- Stakes

After the characters have something that they want or want to protect, there is stakes that will drive momentum in the fight itself. Sometimes, there are things that makes us want to continue reading. Have you ever really wanted a character to beat his rival? Did you ever want to scream at a character to warn him? These are done not by the immediate fight, but all the tension built up before it. You really want the character to win because the villain killed his family. You want the character to fall in love because you adore the girl that likes him. You want to tell the character to run away because you know he is walking in a trap. All of that is possible because you care about the characters.

There are techniques used to further improve the fight itself. However, these should be used sparingly since it often can come across as unnecessary and cliche.

Revelation- A character is fighting his enemy when he learns "the truth". A missing piece in his past. A characteristic of the villain that he and the reader never considered. A stake that was not known until the scene. Revelation is used to strengthen the reader's connection or understanding of not only the protagonists, but the antagonist as well.

Dialogue- Typically, we would not be talking all too much in a fight. Rage, to an average being, would cloud too much of our judgement to approach a situation like we see in TV shows, movies, etc. However, in the world of writing, communication between the characters is a method of introducing new information to the reader, and should be used in such a manner.

Shift- Stories can usually shift during the course of a fight. The shift can often be in the winning side of the fight, or a character's viewpoint of something. Regardless, it is important to have shifts in a story for dynamic characters to thrive, and often these shifts will occur during fight scenes.

The last thing I wanted to address is stakes, but most importantly, how it applies to the characters.

Personal stakes- These are often the most important stakes. They are built upon relationships developed from character interaction and preexisting knowledge. Personal stakes ARE ALWAYS stronger than world connections, and are the most impactful in the story itself. Down to the core, if a character won our hearts, it is that bond the reader has over the character that keeps them flipping the pages.

World connection- Sometimes, there needs to be a stake that goes beyond the reader. Though this can often be uninteresting, it can be quite a read if executed correctly. The most important thing is to make sure that you don't sacrifice characters and their backstories at the expense of writing a world connection. Most writers often make flaws when developing world connections, usually in efforts to prolong their story. Manga series like Dragon Ball Z and Bleach fell victim to this, where the story itself became less of a personal issue and more of a "save the world/universe" or "get stronger" type of plot development. This makes a boring plot. Trust me.

With that in mind, it is important to know where to draw a line. When we say that stories often get progressively worse, it's because they lose all the personal stakes that were prevalent in the first few episodes of the series. It doesn't mean that the follow up is automatically awful, but it very well can be. Down to the core, stakes are a necessity of writing a proper fight scene, but we much rather read a story about a heartbroken hero swearing vengeance on his friend's killer than a cliche Gary/Mary Sue who's out there trying to save the world.

And I typed too much :P

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Re: i need advice on writing fight scenes plzz help
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2017, 03:52:29 PM »
I suggest sketching it out. Even if it's just stick men it can help a lot. In order to write things out some writers find it easier to have a visual model. For me, I have a very movie like thoughts so I don't have a very hard time writing these scenes (except when I have a writers block). Reading and watching tons and tons of action scenes can help a lot too.

Hope this helped! :)