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Offline Vacant

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Re: Writer Discussion Table
« Reply #1830 on: May 28, 2018, 06:36:08 AM »
Been kinda obsessed with figuring out how to write a well paced fight scene lately. I reread a little of my past attempts and absolutely hated what I wrote. I know I can do better.

Anybody know any good books or light novels I can use as a reference? Should I watch more shonen anime and take inspiration from that? Is it even possible to translate a shonen fight onto paper and have it read well enough so that it makes sense to the reader?

                 When writing battles I look at them using the framework of a wrestling match. These are after all scripted battles, so a lot of elements translate. A fight is its own self contained story, with its own ebb and flow. That's what I always do first, I write the skeleton for the fight. The peaks of action, the breaks in it, the key plot points covered, the false finishes and then the big finale.
                  Having this skeleton helps me see how long the battle will be. If its going to feel like its dragging on too long, then I can trim the fat. Or if its a major battle that doesn't feel epic enough, I can always see wheres best to add more.
                  As Mahlua mentioned, be mindful of the length of paragraphs and sentences. Too many bloated paragraphs can slow the action down and make readers lose that adrenaline rush. Make every word count, make it punchy. Use the characters, express their pain, their emotional state, the fatigue, the intent behind their attacks.
 
                  One thing I always liked when reading action is the things I never really thought of. I can't recall the story, but it was two people fighting with swords. One was weary already, after helping defend a castle and the author noted how numb his arms were from the impact of each sword strike and how slippy the handle was from blood streaming down the blade.
                    Sounds stupid I know, but those little details were effective to me and really putting myself in their shoes. It added that detail of holy *censored* this dudes tired and he's gotta face the big boss. He's in trouble.
 
                  Hope some of that was usable :P
                     

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Re: Writer Discussion Table
« Reply #1831 on: May 30, 2018, 08:56:00 PM »
Ah yes, good analogy, Vacant. Wrestling, if you can get past the fact that's it's fake, is a real beautiful form of storytelling when done right. Two good wrestlers can tell an entire story through their actions in the ring, especially if they both have good chemistry. A great wrestling match has a good flow to it, much like a great fight scene, which was something I didn't think about until you brought it up.

And man the smallest details really do count, both in wrestling and written fight scenes. I always love it when a guy injures a limb and sells that injury throughout the match. Gotta apply those smaller details more often in my writing.