The Anatomy of a Fight Scene. (Part Two – The Craft of Writing)

Understanding when and how to use physical conflict in your story is all well and good. But, how to write it? How do authors paint such a vivid, action-packed fight scene that readers can "see" in their mind using only the written word? Join award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake as he peels back the mystery and looks at using words to craft action. Action that your readers will not simply read, but experience.

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  • L

    For me, this one was better than the first part of "Anatomy of Fight Scene" -- this one explained specific writing techniques to use to write a fight scene more effectively. Although geared toward physical conflict between characters, the same writing principles can be applied to writing more general action scenes in any genre.

    October 8, 2012

  • Robert P.

    This class helped me identify a couple of areas where my story was stumbling at. Way to go, Drake! Keep up the good work.

    September 12, 2012

  • susan H.

    I have taken the this class before when it was combined with part one and I think he has done a fabulous job sepreating the two elements. As always he was very informative and open to any questions tossed at him.

    September 10, 2012

  • Bryan D.

    Drake does a great job of explaining how to keep the reader on the edge of their seat when reading an action seen.

    September 9, 2012

  • Melonie

    Great info as usual. Thanks!!!

    September 9, 2012

  • Marion George H.

    Excellent conversation and examples! Could have used a little more emphasis on deploying Active Voice (by hunting down and killing most "was", "is", "am", and "are" uses in a sentence, for example).

    September 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Drake was interesting and engaging. I didn't notice the time until 1.5 hours into the meetup. I especially liked that Drake entertained pretty much all questions.

    September 9, 2012

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