175 – Fight Scenes

 
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Pow, biff, ka-bam! That’s right, it’s time to talk about fight scenes. These are a staple of speculative fiction, and the movies make them look so easy! But anyone who’s ever written one knows that’s not the case, so today we’re discussing tips for making the process a little easier. We cover how to make the fight engaging in its own right, how to establish believable turning points, and when it’s better not to describe the fight at all. Plus, a little Shakespeare.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

How to Narrate a Riveting Fight Scene

Black Panther

Six Types of Turning Points For Climaxes

The Scottish Play

Empire Strikes Back

The Blade Itself

The Tripods

Five Tips for Creating Exciting Space Battles

Kaze No Stigma

A Darker Shade of Magic

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