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Pow! Biff! Wham! May 8, 2011

Posted by Erin Ptah in Memes.

I’m starting to think fight scenes are hard to write for the same reason sex scenes are. You have to plot out all these specific actions, and make sure they make physical sense and happen in a rational order, and then you have to figure out how to describe them in a way that is original and interesting even though there are only so many ways to say “Alex threw a punch.”

(Yet another reason to love comics. You can draw a scene and convey all the impact in a single moment, instead of having it slowed down over the time it takes to read a thousand words of description.)

Anyone have recs for well-written fight scenes? Print or online, fic or original — anything where you read the action and it felt like action.



1. Lesath - May 11, 2011

the fight scene between Iorek and Iofur in “the golden compass”

Erin Ptah - May 11, 2011

Ooh, excellent call. And I just reread those books, too.

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