47. How to Write Fight Scenes

Fights and battles need to be written carefully so they don't come across like a list of actions. The key is to assign meaning and emotional drama to every fight, and to weave the protagonist's interpretation and inner voice into the action.

Let’s look at five guidelines to keep in mind as you write. In this lesson, we'll discuss:

  • Using the protagonist's inner voice to amplify tension.

  • Different types of goals to lace through your fight/battle scenes.

  • Tips for sentence structure and word choice.

  • Important considerations for fight scenes in YA.

  • Two lessons from screenwriting.

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