“The best way for a writer to learn what’s really involved in brawling, short of going down the pub and starting something.” – Pete, WA
When I read a good book or story and then come across a fight scene written by an author who clearly knows nothing of fighting, it can really spoil an otherwise excellent experience. Most writers tend to regurgitate what they’ve seen on TV and in movies, converting that to text, which makes for a slow, unrealistic scene. We have the great advantage in prose that we can get into our characters’ heads, we can describe how things feel, smell and taste as well as the emotional content that film can never convey. We can also describe a far more realistic fight, with the kind of techniques and in-fighting that doesn’t show up on film, but is actually the real essence of a fight.
In this book I go through several sections, trying to give a description that will help writers address all these factors in their writing. Of course, the best way to know about fighting is to go to martial arts or self-defence classes. Second best is to book me for one of my workshops – I’m available, so feel free to contact me. In the meantime, I hope this short book can help. Scroll down for purchase options and to watch an interview with me on the subject by Joanna Penn.
Write The Fight Right covers:
* Footwork & Range
* Reach & Technique
* Guard & Blocks
* Adrenaline & Emotion
* Intent, Body Language & Psychology
and more, all for just US$2.99.
Get your copy in a variety of formats from the following places:
Or you can buy a full multi-media package including podcast, slides video and worksheet, recorded from an online Write The Fight Right seminar I did in conjunction with The Creative Penn. Learn all about that here: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/fight/
Here’s what some people have said about Write The Fight Right:
“This is a very well considered, credible writing tool, packed with details that writers who aren’t themselves experienced fighters would be likely to miss. Clearly presented and well constructed for easy digestion and reference.”
“Short, concise and very informative. Written from a background that gives the content solid credibility it is something all writers who need to write or understand a fight scene (or more for that matter) needs to know.”
“Recommended reading for all writers who don’t have black belts of their own.”
“Well worth the small monetary investment – very useful material for any writer who incorporates action like this into their work.”
“Excellent, I found it factual and informative. The author knows his techniques and on all levels gives good advice to fellow writers. I have already recommended this book to others.”
Here’s an interview with me about writing fight scenes, conducted by the awesome Joanna Penn, of The Creative Penn:
Or watch the video of the interview here: