175 – Fight Scenes

The Mythcreant Podcast
Pow, biff, ka-bam! That’s right, it’s time to talk about fight scenes. These are a staple of speculative fiction, and the movies make them look so easy! But anyone who’s ever written one knows that’s not the case, so today we’re discussing tips for making the process a little easier. We cover how to make the fight engaging in its own right, how to establish believable turning points, and when it’s better not to describe the fight at all. Plus, a little Shakespeare.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

How to Narrate a Riveting Fight Scene

Black Panther

Six Types of Turning Points For Climaxes

The Scottish Play

Empire Strikes Back

The Blade Itself

The Tripods

Five Tips for Creating Exciting Space Battles

Kaze No Stigma

A Darker Shade of Magic

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  1. Tifa

    Yay! Another new podcast. I found this one very interesting, especially the bit about how the climactic battle in The Empire Strikes Back worked so well.

    By the way, I have a podcast request: books that use omniscient perspective not only well but effectively, and/or what kind of stories benefit from it the most. Is this just another excuse to talk about Discworld? *looks at my Discworld collection*
    Hmm… definitely not.
    [In all seriousness, I haven’t come across many books that use omniscient, come to think of it.]

    • Oren Ashkenazi

      Hey now, it would *just* be Discworld. It would be Discworld and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

      That is a good discussion idea though. I’ll add it to our list of possible topics.

  2. Em

    Do you think you could do an analysis of the first few chapters of Aeon Legion: Labyrinth? The author, J.P. Beaubien, also runs a YouTube channel called Terrible Writing Advice (actually pretty good advice when you look past the sarcasm).

    The book begins with a fight between a bunch of time travelling Nazis and a time police with some prettty special gear, and I’d really want to see your thoughts on the writing of that fight.

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