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Here's a biggy that can either make or break your book: writing a kick-ass fighting scene. We know what we want to happen, but getting it onto paper without making it seem like paper dolls fighting and falling down in the slightest breeze. Intense cat fights are important to your plot, so let's try to not mess it up.
- Try not to overwrite. If you give information on every tiny detail of the outfits and scenery surrounding the battle, or at any point in the book for that matter. You don't want to eliminate description completely, but you don't want too much either. Find a happy medium. That way the reader will have a chance to use their imagination as they read.
- What is the effect of the fight? Never will a real person walk away from an epic fight unharmed. Broken bones, cuts and bruises, and possible stitches are only some of the effects a character might experience after they win/lose a fight. Even if it isn't physical, a verbal fight with someone a person cares about will leave them feeling hurt or confused inside.
- Killing a Character. Unless it is a mere soldier killed in battle (which doesn't even need specific mentioning) any time you kill off a character it must be important to the story. If you can edit out the death without changing the story much or at all then it probably doesn't need to happen at all. There should be an impact on the hero, whether good or bad, that changes them somehow in a way that carries the story forward. What does the character lose/gain by the death? Why is it important for the character to die?
"Character deaths ring untrue when it’s apparent to the reader that the character is only in the story to die." -standoutbooks.com