Writing Realistic Fight Scenes

If you write Science Fiction or Fantasy… or even horror… you know you've written at LEAST one fight scene.  Or perhaps you’ve written many of them.  Chances are there are fight scenes from movies that are stamped into your memory as hallmark examples of how fight scenes should look.

Guess what?  They couldn't be farther from the truth of how these things go down.  Hollywood has programed us to visualize violence in a very specific way.  But combat, whether one-on-one or a melee, is very different in reality.  As authors, we know that the best fiction is always based in truth.

So why should our fight scenes be any different?  I recently read Brent Weeks’ THE LIGHTBRINGER books: a series of fantasy books that, for me, finally came close to what real combat looked like.

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Brent credits Sergeant Rory Miller and his books on how to depict violence convincingly (and also how to avoid it in real life).  I recently read them and found them to be an invaluabe resource for writing realistic battle scenes.  In my opinion, they should be required reading for any author who wishes to write anything that touches on fights, violence and war.

Start with Meditations on Violence and then go from there.  

Happy writing!


© Barbara E. Hill 2017