Fighting for my characters!

Posted: June 6, 2014 by writingsprint in Essay
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This is a fantastic article on the best kind of research there is — real life. It also shows what real combat is like. It’s not what you think.

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Fight scenes are tricky to write. It’s hard to pack clear description into few words and keep that sense of speed and surprise one gets in a real fight – It helps if you know what you are doing.

I really didn’t want to write: “She bounced him off the wall.” I wanted to write how she bounced him off the wall.

In order to find out, I enrolled in a self-defense class that was supposed to last ten weeks. I figured that would give me a feel for it. It not only gave me a feel for it, it gave me real hunger to learn more.

It turned out my instructor taught defense skills to several police constabularies in England and in Wales, and I ended up the only non-police officer permitted into those classes, clocking up an extra 18 months of training before returning home to Australia, where I…

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  1. A.D. Everard says:

    Hi Matt – Thank you yet again. Yeah, some fights can be a let down. 😀

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