How to Write Believable Fight Scenes

Chapter 8 of Fight Write Book
Mar 19 • 18 min
To help folks weather the COVID-19 outbreak, FightWrite has story time. We read Chapter 8, Killing Isn’t Easy, of Fight Write: How to Write Believable Fight Scenes. This chapter discusses the psychological ramifications of killing.
Carrying a Sword on Your Back
Feb 2 • 28 min
Can your character carry a sword on his back like The Witcher, Michonne, Legolas and infinite video game characters? Sure, they can. The real question is, should they? That’s what edged weapons expert Kirk McCune and I dig into.
Adrenaline Pt 2
Jan 29 • 19 min
I finish Tony Torzillo’s question on the emotions that go through a fighter’s head as they fight and let me go ahead and warn you, I was super sick when I recorded this and basically nuts. BUT, the info is solid. Meandering and steam of consciousness but…
Adrenaline Rush Pt 1
Jan 9 • 17 min
Listener Tony Torzillo asks about what thoughts and feelings go through a fighter’s brain as they fight. We discuss that and I tell about a time I was almost topless at a jiu-jitsu tournament!
Crime Scene Cleaning Pt 2
Nov 14, 2019 • 30 min
We continue our conversation with David Morales from BioTechs Crime and Trauma Cleaning services and answer some writer questions. We talk about how he stays sane, black dots on walls and jugs and jugs of urine!
Crime Scene Cleaning Pt 1
Nov 4, 2019 • 25 min
In this episode of the FightWrite podcast, we talk to David Morales at Biotech Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaning. David tells about his job, protocol at a scene, what happens when he finds evidence and if putting Vick’s Vapo-Rub under the nose really helps…
Stages of Decomposition
Oct 7, 2019 • 18 min
On this episode we go over the stages of decomposition by time. We also talk about how unsanitary dead bodies are and how a zombie might still kill you without ever putting a scratch on ya!
Stages of Death
Sep 24, 2019 • 18 min
We look at stages of death and the difference in clinical and biological death. We also discuss what CPR does and doesn’t do. What AEDs are for and use lots of other letters in cool ways!
Zero G
Sep 16, 2019 • 29 min
Fighting in Zero-G
Fighting a Real Deinonychus
Sep 2, 2019 • 20 min
On this episode we look at how your character deals with an actual Deinonychus.
Fighting Velociraptors
Aug 5, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode, recorded in the wee hours of the morning, we explore a question from a friend of the show, John Patterson, about how to fight an actual velociraptor - which is not what you might think it is. Also, my cat makes an appearance and tries to…
John Wick Pt 3
Jul 10, 2019 • 22 min
We finish up our series on what writers can learn about knives from John Wick. We go over where to slash, the advantages of stabbing over slashing and how to hold our arms to defend against a knife.
John Wick Pt 2
Jun 26, 2019 • 23 min
In this podcast we look at the knife work in John Wick 2 - the subway scene with Cassius aka the rapper Common - and how writers can use this info to create a great knife scene. I also give some basic info on knives. If you haven’t seen the movie or the…
John Wick Pt 1
Jun 16, 2019 • 25 min
What writers can learn about fighting from John Wick. 1. Maximum efficiency, minimal effort. Why real fighters do as little as possible. 2. If you think, you’re late, if you’re late you use strength, when you use strength, you tire, when you tire… 3.…
Listener Questions
Jun 4, 2019 • 41 min
I whine about being sick, make a few corrections for previous episodes and never get around to answering a question for just going on and on about not giving up. So, basically, this is a motivational episode. I think. Maybe. Right? Wash your hands after…
Dragon Stuff
Jun 4, 2019 • 18 min
Ya Betta Have a Great Saddle! Subjects in this episode: fighting off the back of a dragon and two sword fighting style.
Listener Questions
Jun 4, 2019 • 20 min
A writer’s resource for writing fight scenes, action sequences and the physical ramifications of both from scratches all the way to decomposition. Also, Carla says funny stuff sometimes.