Guest Post – Raise the Stakes: Twelve Tricks to Make a Fight Scene Exciting

Amanda K Byrne

Wondering how to write an effective fight scene? Never fear, editor Rayne Hall has some handy tips on how to make your scenes taut and exciting.

Creating a good fight scene is one of the most challenging aspects of the writer’s craft. Here are techniques on how to give your readers the thrill they expect from a fight:

1.  Give each fighter a compelling purpose and raise the stakes as high as possible. A heroine fighting for her life is more exciting than a heroine fighting for her purse, and a heroine fighting for her children’s lives is more exciting still. If she fights for her purse, raise the stakes by making that purse important: it contains not only money, but the jackpot-winning lottery ticket, only photo of her abducted baby daughter, or evidence that her husband is innocent of the murder of which he stands accused. For her…

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