that scene in the finale of atla when zuko goes into irohs tent and starts giving him the long sad apology and blames himself but then iroh quickly cuts him off with a hug and they both cry is the most beautiful and touching scene in any piece of media Ever
“Do you have
any advice on writing fight scenes? The type of scene I’m writing is mostly
hand to hand combat between two experts. I’m definitely not an expert so when I
try to write it, the scene ends up sounding repetitive and dull.”
Fore note: This post is coauthored by myself and one of my amazing critique partners, Barik S. Smith, who both writes fantastic fight scenes and teaches mixed martial arts, various artistic martial arts, and weapons classes.
I (Bryn) will tell you a secret: I trained MMA for
seven years, and when I write authentic hand to hand fight scenes, they sound
The problem with fight scenes in books is that
trying to describe each punch and kick and movement (especially if it’s the
only thing you’re describing) creates a fight that feels like it’s in slow
center of gravity, she held her right hand tight to her face and threw a jab
towards his chin. He shifted his weight, ducking under her punch. His hair
brushed against her fist, and he stepped forward, launching a shovel hook into
her exposed side.
But your brain can only read so fast. In real
life that series of events would take an instant, but I needed a full eight
seconds to read and comprehend it, which gave it an inherent lethargic feel.
So, we have two primary problems:
How do we describe this fight in a way the reader can understand
and keep track of?
How do we maintain a fast paced, interesting fight once we’ve
broken down the fight far enough for readers to understand it?
(We will get back to these, I promise.) But
for now, let’s look at…
Is there any reason to love Azula more compelling than the moment during the boiling rock episode where she jumps to avoid Zuko’s fire blast and lands in straight up plank position - feet in the air - supported only by her swoll ass arms. Like we all knew she was a stunt queen but damn.
the extreme closeup of Ben’s two leather-gloved fingers crooking to send his family lightsaber sailing straight into Rey’s hand is the most sexually explicit thing that’s ever been in a star wars movie
His eyes never leave her and he gets up towards her with such purpose, you would have never thought he was struggling just moments before.. God, if I hadn’t known any better I would have thought he was going right in for a passionate after battle kiss..