My WIP’s Fourth Revision
Fight and Battle Scenes (3)
There goes the plan for posting several times a week and building my blog up to a likership of millions. Ha.
What was I trying to do?
My betas hated my fight and battle scenes. That hurt. I don’t want to just be a writer. I want to be a good writer, who tells compelling stories. And I weep at the thought that, if readers stick with me, they will skim over any of my scenes.
What did I do?
I rewrote all my fight and action scenes, paying a lot of attention to the build-up, the setting, who was doing what, and made the knife fight, the sword fight, and the duel with pistols as realistic as I could…even though I’ve never tried to cut anyone with a knife, hack someone with a sword, or shoot someone.
I suspect I wrote them too long. But my beta reader-turned-coach thought my knife fight was realistic. I will worry about length later.
Then I went after my battle scenes. I can’t even imagine how many YouTubes I looked at with re-enactors marching around, loading and shooting muskets. Someone suggested I watch a movie called Gettysburg for the battle scenes. Then I sat down and wrote my battle scenes. They go a lot longer. My beta reader-turned coach had a good sense of what was happening, but worried my 9,000 word chapter (I think that would be about 36 pages) was a little long. Ha.
And I’m sure I will have to cut them down later.
I have three big battles in this version of my story. One of my betas thought I had one too many. Another thought I should end my story immediately after the last big battle. Who knows? Maybe I will do that. But I’m not ready for that level of revision yet.
I’m working on character updates. I will write about how I’m doing next time.
Read about reshaping character arcs.