Sex and Violence - Mo's Journal
Sex and Violence|
It's also really difficult to write action scenes well, because, if we take sword fighting as our example, what's a really cool looking swishy flick manouvre in real life is difficult to describe, hard to time and there's fewer possible breaks where you can insert a little soul searching or characterness because a parry is a parry.
|Date:||March 1st, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)|| |
That's very true. OTOH writing a description of the really cool looking swishy flick maneouver is not the only way to write a swordfight. It's possible to write it focusing on the characters' feelings (excitement, fear, triumph, pain) as much as or more than the specifics of the movements. Actually, the same is often true of sex :-).
Do you know Dick Francis? Mystery writer who used to be a steeple chase jockey. When his characters get hurt, the action itself might not be all that memorable, but boy does the pain stick with you! I figure he got injured a lot in his previous career and knows how a lot of different kinds of pain feel. He certainly writes it vividly...