From intimate duels to the death to epic battles, the fight scene is a cornerstone of speculative fiction. For the writer, however, crafting a good fight scene can be an epic struggle to find the right blend of pacing and action.
So my co-host K. T. Bryski and I went on a quest to find the answer to this one question:
What is the key to writing a good fight scene?
To ensure we covered all the bases, we asked that question to seven remarkable storytellers: Seth Skorkowsky, Cat Rambo, David Annandale, Andrea Phillips, Brad Beaulieu, Gail Carriger, and David Nickle.
The result is an inspiring exploration into the nuances and subtleties of recounting the physical struggles of our characters.
What is the Key to Writing a Good Fight Scene
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