You will rarely miss fight scenes in the novels that you read, and they are used by most writers to describe conflicts in the story and make it exciting to readers. However, authors have different ways of writing about fight scenes in their stories, and some of them are not captivating as they ought to be. It is not easy to write about action and fight scenes as many people would think because most writers might not have encounter fights in real life and thus, they do not know how it feels or if they have experienced fights, they might not be conversant with how to write about it. This article discusses some of the vital points you should note while writing about a fight scene.
Make sure that the fight enhances plot and development of the character. Let not a fight scene pop up out of nowhere in the story without reason. The action and fight scene should build the plot of the story, and it should also bring out vital things about the involved persons but do not include fight scenes if they are meaningless. Only include the fight scene if it impacts on the plot and direction of the story and it is also a major point that affects later events. Give the fight a meaning and not just a passing event in the story.
Avoid over-description and over-writing. In most books, you will notice that writers over-describe the fight scenes in an attempt to make it exciting. You should concentrate on the description of the setup and characters, but you need to bring out the action as it occurs. It is recommendable to use more verbs than adjectives and adverbs. Over-writing is also another mistake that a majority of writers make, but it ends up doing more harm than good. Over-describing and over-writing will only confuse the reader.
Infuse emotions in the fight scenes. Do not just describe the physical actions in the fight but you should also attach emotions. Prepare the reader’s mind by building the events gradually and use words that evoke emotions such as anger, fear, and disgust. Let not the reader read it but also feel it so that it is captivating.
Do not exaggerate the scene. A lot of authors always want to make the fight scenes the most interesting part of the story, and they forget to be realistic. There is no way a reader would believe if you write about a character who fight everybody but at the end of it all, he is not hurt. Exaggeration makes the whole story unrealistic, and readers might lose interest in the story.