Writing Believable Fight Scenes

Murder One
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Class Dates: 
July 1 - 31
J.T. Evans

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Knowing how to write a true-to-life fight scene requires getting into fights. Yes, multiple fights. Many of them. That's painful because your opponents tend to strike back. There is an alternate approach, though. Find someone who has been in their fair share of fights, also knows how to write, and can impart their decades of battle-earned wisdom to the eager student.

This class will cover a wide range of topics including the purpose of a fight in fiction, gender differences, martial arts styles, weapon types (melee and ranged), writing mass combat, how to visualize a fight scene, and what happens to people when they are wounded. There are many nuances to each of these topics (and more!) that you won't want to miss out on.

Instructor Bio: 

Roughly three decades ago, J.T. Evans was the target of the bullies (yes all of them) of his school. Between seventh and eighth grade, he enrolled in his first martial arts class to learn how to defend himself. This allowed him to not only drive the bullies away the next school year, but put him on a path of passionately learning as many different forms of martial arts as he could get his hands on. Through the years, he's learned "soft forms," "hard forms," armed combat, mass combat techniques, and even has a little mixed martial arts experience. As a result of bouncing between the different arts in the world, he has never earned a black belt in a single one, but his broad spectrum approach has allowed him to get out of many a tight situation over the years.When not thinking about what martial art to tackle next, J.T. writes fantasy novels. He also dabbles with science fiction and horror short stories. Between the times he slings words at his laptop, he keeps computers secure at the Day Job, home brews great beers, spends time with his family, and plays way too many card, board, and role-playing games. J.T.'s debut urban fantasy novel, GRIFFIN'S FEATHER, was released in September of 2017 by WordFire Press. Griffin's Feather is about an immortal Roman Centurion who works as a bounty hunter for the deities of the ancient world in modern-day San Antonio. As any good bounty hunter does, he finds himself embroiled in tight deadlines, more than his fair share of fights, and schemes from the deities and mortal clients.

Tread Lightly

Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's warm...as blood.