Danny’s life is changed forever when an accident leaves a ghost stuck to his side. Between strange powers neither of them can control and a world Danny never knew existed, they’re going to have to learn how to get along and protect Amity Park- or die trying.
10 - Group Work
“Valerie,” Danny wheezed, “oh God, okay- people like you. You have to help me.”
Valerie took a step back. Danny struggled to his feet, suddenly aware of the fact his left arm was covered in loose ectoplasm and that at some point his nose had started bleeding. He definitely looked terrible.
“What happened to you?!” Valerie asked, pulling back in disgust.
“No time- there’s no time!” Danny panted, “We need to get everyone out! My parents- I promise, I know how crazy this sounds- but they were right and ghosts are real and we need to get everyone out!” He took a deep breath in, leaning against the wall for support. He couldn’t quite catch his breath. His heart was pounding. He couldn’t stop thinking about the fly landing in the middle of the gym and setting it ablaze with everyone inside.
What would happen if Black Widow and Elektra fought? Lauren Mary Kim (Elektra’s stunt double in “Daredevil”) created this fight with Amy Johnston (Scarlet Johansson’s “Avengers” stunt double) to find out. It’s an amazing fight. Lauren Mary Kim is quite the choreographer.
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.
“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…
#alec spent hours looking for magnus #jace and clary fighting valentine happened while alec was looking #he had to search the whole institute #every single room #imagine how he must have felt #remembering the last words he had said to magnus #how he had screamed at him #imagine his desesperation #how much he needed to find him #to see him alive and safe #and to tell him how he felt #to tell him he loved him
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