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Writing Fight Scenes (Writer's Craft Book 1)

Writing Fight Scenes (Writer's Craft Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rayne Hall
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**** If you bought this book and received the wrong one, please contact Rayne Hall (use the email address at the back of my books) and she will put it right ****

This is the bestselling original by Rayne Hall, published in 2011 and updated in 2013.

Learn step-by-step how to create fictional fights which leave the reader breathless with excitement.

The book gives you a six-part structure to use as blueprint for your scene. It reveals tricks how to combine fighting with dialogue, which senses to use when and how, how to create a sense of realism, and how to stir the reader's emotions.

You'll decide how much violence your scene needs, what's the best location, how your heroine can get out of trouble with self-defence and how to adapt your writing style to the fast pace of the action.

There are sections on female fighters, male fighters, animals and weres, psychological obstacles, battles, duels, brawls, riots and final showdowns.
For the requirements of your genre, there is even advice on how to build erotic tension in a fight scene, how magicians fight, how pirates capture ships and much more.

You will learn about different types of weapons, how to use them in fiction, and how to avoid embarrassing blunders.

Please note: This book assumes that you have some fiction writing experience. You'll benefit most if you've already mastered the basics of the craft and want to learn specialist techniques. It is not recommend for absolute beginners.

The book uses British English.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1177 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Scimitar Press (7 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MJFVS0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you have recently bought one of Rayne Hall's Writer's Craft books from Amazon and received the wrong title, contact Rayne (email address a the end of her books) and she will put it right

Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction. She is the author of forty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.

After living in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England. Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple
picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.

Currently, Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books.

Her books on the writing craft (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet) are bestsellers.

Recent books published in e-book format include:
"Storm Dancer" (dark epic fantasy novel)
"Six Scary Tales Vol 1, 2, 3" (mild horror stories)
"Six Quirky Tales Vol 1" (humorous fantasy stories)
"Six Historical Tales Vol 1"
"The Colour of Dishonour: Stories from the Storm Dancer World"
"13 British Horror Stories"
and many others.

Rayne Hall is the editor of the Ten Tales anthologies:
"Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires"
"Scared: Ten Tales of Horror"
"Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts"
"Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates"
"Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft"
"Spells: Ten Tales of Magic"
"Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies"
with more titles coming soon.

The "Six Scary Tales" Series:
The stories in these book are mild horror: suspenseful, creepy and disturbing.
They don't aim to gross out the reader and contain little or no violence and gore. However, they may not be suitable for young readers. Many of these stories have been previously published in other books or magazines.

British English: All Rayne Hall's books use British words, spellings, grammar and punctuation. If you're allergic to British English, avoid them.


YouTube "Ten Random Facts about Rayne Hall" (2 minute video)

Contact Rayne Hall on Twitter
@RayneHall follows back writers and readers.

The author portraits are by the artists Fawnheart, Leah Skerry and Kuoke.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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As a writer of short stories, I have often failed miserably when I've attempted to craft a fight scene that, well, feels like a real fight scene. "Show, don't tell" is what we all know as a universal truth among us authors--but fight scenes are so easy to "tell" rather than "show." This book takes you through several scenarios and there is a variety of information about different genres and set-ups. I especially liked reading about "blunders to avoid" because no doubt you will have read these blunders in your friends' writing samples (not your writing of course!). There are examples and internet resources intertwined throughout the book. Thanks to this, you can read or see a fight scene illustrated immediately. It's helpful that the author is a writing teacher as well as a published author of many well-constructed fight scenes. The book is written in an easy style. The author is not afraid to have a laugh about her own misadventures in the writing world. What I love about this book is that it not only gave me fantastic guidance for writing fight scenes but it provided me with inspiration to pick up the pen (errr, open the laptop) and get moving on my latest chapter. Not much more a writer wants.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers everything! 8 May 2012
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I enjoy writing short stories and wanted some practical step-by-step advice on how to structure a fight scene. My chosen genre was science fiction and this time my main character was female and I wanted to make it believable and exciting. This book covers everything from how to structure a fight scene and how to create fast pace action to the psychological differences between male and female fighters and how to rouse the reader's emotions. It was just what I required and more so I'm very pleased with this purchase!. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting tips for all kinds of fights: duels, battles, sieges, naval warfare, brawls, riots, self-defence for whichever genres whether romance, science fiction, fantasy, children's books, and historical novels. My only negative albeit a slight thing but maybe it could have also included some more information on modern weaponry, this didn't affect what I was after it was just something I noted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful tool for writiers 22 Oct 2012
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I bought this eBook from a recommendation by one of my writing friends and it has been an inspiring, useful tool. Rayne Hall writes clearly and concisely with an easy to follow structure.

He begins with the basics of writing fight scenes with mood and style: gritty or entertaining. Then discusses how location is used in fight scenes and a structure that fight scenes should follow.

Hall describes a number of various weapons commonly used in fiction from swords and daggers, staffs, axes, clubs to firearms and variables in between. He offers background knowledge on their uses, strengths and weaknesses. At the end of each chapter he offers a helpful list of `blunders to avoid'.

He also covers unarmed combat, magical weapons, self-defence and strength versus skill. He discusses the psychology of fighting: how adrenaline and hormones affect the fighters and how men and women react differently in fighting situations. Other topics covered include animals, armour, group fights, battles, siege warfare, nautical fights and how fights are portrayed in different genres.

Hall covers writing tips such as using euphonics, pacing and dialogue. One thing I like about this ebook is that Hall offers links to useful YouTube videos and websites to demonstrate the information he describes. Hall has undergone extensive research to make this ebook a useful background on weapons for any writer choosing to use them. Many tips and tricks within the book has inspired and enhanced my own writing to make it more accurate and believable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know 2 Oct 2012
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Well, obviously not everything but pretty close to it.

Superb advice on how to make action scenes really zing! Whether a writer is penning historical, contemporary or futuristic mayhem carried out by a strapping man or a delicate girl [or vice versa] the reader can find suggestions to suit their plot.

Details abound - how the ground texture can affect the footing and thus give an advantage to or hamper the hero - the realisitic odds against a small untrained woman prevailing in any kind of physical contest against a man - advantages and disadvantages of various weapons. Very thought provoking information.

The writing is snappy and entertaining as well as educational. I plan to keep the book by me for future forays. The author has written other titles covering different aspects of the writer's craft- well worth investigating, I believe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book no author should be without 5 July 2012
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Whatever your genre, this is a book every author should have in his/her library. I can hold my own in a discussion about swords or guns; I've been shooting guns since I was six, and obsessing over swords since I started watching Highlander (I do have quite a collection). Even though I feel comfortable with both categories of weapons, even these sections fun and full of new ideas.

My favorite Sword Blunder;

"Generic sword which can hack, slash, cleave, stab, slice, pierce, thrust, cut through armour, split bricks and whirl through the air... as if a single sword could do everything." Rayne Hall, Writing Fight Scenes (Kindle Locations 466-467).

Yes, yes, yes, thank you, and yes! That's one that drives me crazy.

The rest of the weapons, I'm not so familiar with, outside of playing Soul Caliber or Dynasty Warriors.

Do you know how to properly use a stone sling? Hint: It doesn't involve "frantic whirling around and around." Or understand the connotations of daggers? The different effects of fighting on men and women? How to integrate the senses and setting into a fight scene effectively?

Just take a look at the Table of Contents for this book and you'll realize how valuable it can be. It's a short book, but it gets to the point and provides direction to numerous outside sources including video clips of scenes to consider. Each section is broken down into a description of the weapons, how to use them, how they impact the battle, and "Blunders to Avoid." It'll save you a lot of time and effort. Even if you don't anticipate full-scale fight scenes in your book, you're sure to find something within these pages that will spice up the book and allow some some added depth for your characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No historical fiction author should be without this....
or any author who intends to write fight scenes. This book is a must, with so much useful information it is hard to distinguish what bits to remember, what bits to "file away... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Helen Hollick
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally worth it
For less than a cup of coffee this book offers you a handy reference and tips & tricks to write (better) fighting scenes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Source Book
Very useful for an author. The writer, a woman, has researched aspects of every kind of battle from unarmed combat to naval actions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Stribling
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Fantastic and great value at the same time. The author explains how to make fight scenes come alive and the use of a library of weapons ensuring no mistakes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by michael mulraney
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I really enjoyed this book for its simplicity and common sense approach to crafting fight scenes. I know it has definitely improved the way I now write my books. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Barryjmcdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Fightr scenes
The booklet although quite short has some good and useful ideas about its subject. I enjoyed the read. It is well written and well presented.
Published 5 months ago by Mr Kiplin
5.0 out of 5 stars A necessity for action or adventure writers
What a practical and necessary book. This is on my Kindle, and it covers everything, from swordplay, daggers, wrestling - you name it, Rayne Hall has covered it. And some. Read more
Published 6 months ago by dalyntee
4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent resource
I discovered this book when I was stuck - I needed to up my game on some battle scenes I was writing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by m
3.0 out of 5 stars Fight Workshop for Writers
Knowing how to write a good fight scene for a fantasy author is the equivalent of knowing how to write a love scene for a romance writer. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Noor A Jahangir
5.0 out of 5 stars realistic fights
It gave some sound advice on describing a fight between two (or more) protagonists - everything it said it would do. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dm Harrison
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