An Interesting Development

I can not write a fight scene to save my life. This is quite a predicament I find myself in every National Novel Writing Month. I struggle with this every year. I struggle with this every story I create.

I can picture the scene in my head perfectly. I can watch it play out like a movie. When I try to describe it, it always comes out as a jumbled mess. I was lamenting this fact to a fellow NaNoer in my region’s chat room.

This particular person and I have spent a lot of time in the chat room last year, and this year, too. Frequently, it’s just the two of us. I sent her a snippet of this year’s novel, apologizing for the voice being all over the place.

I tend to mimic the voice of whatever book I’m currently reading. As I’m reading three simultaneously at the moment, I’ve bounced around all crazy like. I haven’t bothered changing anything, because it’s NaNoWriMo. Editing is for December, I say a tad frantically.

Anyway, I was lamenting the lack of fight scene writing ability, and she, brilliantly tells me to read a lot of fight scene laden novels mimic those. BAM! It’s so obvious I feel like an idiot.

30 Days of Thanks, Day 5: I am thankful for the obvious, and the fellow NaNoer who pointed it out to me.

NaNo Word Count: 4,134/50,000


9 thoughts on “An Interesting Development

    • The issue might be visualization — with more than two people fighting it can be hard to keep track of what is going on. So here’s what I want you to try. Get out a bunch of small things — change, chess pieces, little plastic toys, something like that. Sit at a table and lay each of them out where you imagine they are (each piece represents a character) during this fight / battle. Now that you can see where they all are, what are they doing? How are they advancing the battle? You’re not going to want to write a play by play because nobody wants to read a detailed transcript of a battle — but what are the important characters doing? You can see them all so you can see where they are and what they need to do to advance their goals. I hope this helps.

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