Writing Action/Fighting sequences

by Sam Walsh
(Wodonga, Victoria, Australia)

I'm having trouble writing fighting sequences abroad and would like to ask if at all possible - are there any techniques, tricks, hints, etc to writing fighting sequences? Is there anything different between writing a fight scene at the start of the novel to act as the 'hook', writing a fight scene in the middle and writing a fight scene at the end?

When I attempt to tackle a fight sequence I find myself making the sequence confusing and difficult to follow in contrary to having an impact on the plot.

If it's of any aid I'm writing a Medieval Fantasy novel. Fights should be focused on melee and magic with mentions of typical ranged weapons such as crossbows and bows. Are there any techniques, methods, etc specific to these?

Thank you for all the help your website has provided and thank you for your time.

Answer: I don't consider myself an expert on fight scenes. However, if you want an inexpensive, straightforward, and easy to read guide you might check out the ebook Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall (available on Kindle from amazon.com).

Hall gives an overview of how to structure fight scenes, differences between male and female fighting techniques, different types of weapons, etc. Hall has a background in stage combat so she comes at the topic more from a storyteller's point of view than a military expert's. But this is what makes her book useful if you're trying to write a fight scene with dramatic impact.

It's not a terribly technical book and if you're writing serious historical fiction, you might want more technical information. However, it's a good starting point for genre writers.

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May 18, 2014
Writing Fight Scenes
by: Brent King

I totally agree about Hall's book. All of the books I've purchase from him are great. I highly recommend him.

Nov 15, 2014
Amazing
by: Jacob

I bought the book advised and it was amazing! Unfortunately at the same time I realized that what part of my book I had written was quite off and needs to be revised. Great advice though and will make a difference in my finished book.

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