Friday Reflections – Tips on Fight Scenes and Characterization

Recently I’ve moved toward non-fiction side: writing articles, posting blogs, and editing everything. And I mean everything. This week I was even promoted to Lead Writer at StoryForge–which I’m really excited about. But as a result of all my freelance activity, my fiction is getting shoved in the corner. It’s time to pick up the pace. My novel is so very close to the finis. So, for some inspiration and instruction, here are some articles on scene work:


I’m so happy with my new business cards! Freelancing is an adventure; however, I’ll dive into another world this afternoon and engage in an oceanic battle.

The Gospel of Combat: How Fight Scenes Feed your Story” – Chuck Sambuchino from Writer’s Digest introduces Marie Brennan’s book on fight scenes. Instead of writing for “pure spectacle,” let the fight create rich ground for character growth. Every person has a unique reaction to violence that reveals deeply psychological desires or inhibitions.  This advice is surprisingly timely for me, since I’m going to tackle a fight scene very very soon.

How do you create realistic feeling characters?” – Author Marivi Solvien answers an aspiring writer’s question on NaNoWriMo. To create rounded, relational characters, you need to draw on associations–observations of strangers, friends, family, even actors. Read her answer for more details.

I hope you have a restful weekend and a productive week! Got any plans in the making? Any goals to keep you chugging? 

3 thoughts on “Friday Reflections – Tips on Fight Scenes and Characterization

  1. Hi Sarah! Hope you don’t mind me getting in touch with a slightly cheeky request… As you may know I’m portfolio building at the moment and I’ve got an article in mind that I think would suit StoryForge. Are you guys looking for submissions and if so could you let me know who would be the best person to send it to?

    Thanks so much! 🙂

    • Claire,
      I’m the best one to ask about this, since I’ve recently been promoted to Lead Writer. StoryForge is open to guest writers, but I can’t guarantee a specific pub time yet. Go ahead and write a pitch in the comment form of the “what can I do for you” page. Articles are usually 500-600 words, and if you have images that could be included, that would be helpful (but not mandatory). I look forward to hearing your idea!

  2. Pingback: The Visual Writer’s Writing Day | Sarah L. Yoon

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