I have read enough books to find that fight scenes can be difficult to write. Some of the novels I have read had painful fight scenes that either had to be skipped completely or re-read just to figure out who was doing what, so this tutorial is an amalgamation of my thoughts on the best ways to do it.
First, let’s break this down into aspects to think about:
This blog post was suggested by YokoNakajima from deviantART. Big thanks for suggesting 🙂
Having a different language in your story can be tricky, after all languages are not so easily created. Let’s take English as an example (since I’m English). This language has changed many times over the centuries.
We had a Celtic language that had a nice mix of Latin from when the Roman’s invaded. Then when people came over from Germany/Denmark they brought with them their Germanic language that got nicely thrown in as well.
Follow that up with a little Saxon invasion, then a Norman invasion. The Normans’ language was very similar to French, which is the reason we still have certain French words in our language today such as bureau and etiquette to name a few. So, many of our words have French origins.
Mini trivia: The word Dandelion is a good example. It comes from Dent de Lion meaning Lion’s tooth in French due to the jagged leaves.
We have language of Shakespeare, the Queen’s English, not to mention the different dialects all over this small island that mean one word in one area means something very different in another area!
So right away you can see how messy languages can be when developing.
Tutorial: BASIC DESCRIPTIONS
Every writer should have heard the term “Show, don’t tell.” Now I will go into that in more detail in another blog, but I’ve had people say they don’t understand this term.
Let me explain. Writers are not just storytellers. When we meet up with friends and family, we will tell stories of our day. We go through the events, often with wild hand gestures and more than enough exaggerated points.
This is telling. After all, if some idiot almost runs you off the road, I guarantee colourfulness of the story comes not from any description but from some choice curse words. You don’t describe physically the driver or set the landscape other than maybe a passing reference to what road you might have been driving on.
Showing comes from description and descriptions make a story come to life. Each reader will take what descriptions you give in your story, paint out the image in their mind’s eye and then add to it. With this knowledge, we know we need to supply some description to give our readers their mental paintbrushes but not every last detail as some things should be left to the reader.
Here are just some basic thoughts for those who wish to be writers. (NB: If you have read this before when I posted it on DeviantArt, please note I have extended it). 🙂
Novelists can and do break the rules of grammar, however this should not be done in a blasé manner. There is a difference between breaking rules for artistic value and being ignorant of those rules in the first place.
It’s a common misconception that if you send in a badly written story that’s really good plot/character wise that a publisher will accept it and have the Editor sort out all the grammar/spelling. What is more likely, is it will be sent back to you possibly not even fully read.
In the last article I discussed organising your life outside of your writing work, now let’s move onto getting organised for writing.
Every writer is different and so not all suggestion here for organising yourself will work for you. However here is how I do it that you may find useful.
Firstly, for every new novel I start a new computer folder. Give your novel (or series) a name. Whether you write short stories, sonnets or huge novels TITLES are important. If you can’t think of one you like use a “Working Title” but at least you have something.
If you write novels, give your novels a title – if you write novel series, give the SERIES a title. That way the individual novels can become numbers until you’ve got your individual titles.