Fight Scenes Part 4: Weapons

Missed the fist three parts? Check out Fight Scenes Part 1: An Introduction, Fight Scenes Part 2: Physical Difference, and Fight Scenes Part 3: Hand to Hand Combat. Now let’s talk a little about weapons. These notes focus mostly on unconventional weapons or what Jonathan Maberry called natural weapons.

Weapons

The more a character knows how to use natural weapons the better he’ll be.

Types of Weapons…

  • Core Body Techniques
  • Surrogate Weapons
  • Actual Weapons

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Evoke Strong Emotions with Memories

What makes a great writer? Simple. The ability for a writer to evoke strong emotions in the reader. This is what the writer strives to do as he or she pours words onto a page. It is the second goal of a writer, to evoke a strong emotional response from the reader. The first goal of the writer is to write his or her heart’s desire (not to let others dictate what should be written). And in obtaining the first goal, the second goal can be realized. This happens because the writer truly feels the words and what’s being said, which is passed onto the reader. One of the best ways to write with emotional depth and with true desire is to tap into old memories, letting them loose onto the page.

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Setting Goals and Keeping Busy

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted that’s mostly due to the fact I have been spending all of my time on different writing projects these last few months. In fact, I’ve barely had a chance to catch my breath. This all has transpired, because I’m trying to set realistic goals for myself and reach them.

My goals for March were…

  • Start and finish 2 new short stories
  • Complete the 2nd draft for Part 1 of Blood Feud (prologue- chapter 12)

Which I managed to do. Yay! For me!


My goals for April

  • Start a new short story for June Anthology
  • Complete the 2nd draft for Part 2 of Blood Feud (chapters 13- 29)

So far it’s looking promising. First draft of short story (Ulave) is complete, and I’m currently on chapter 18 on my novel. The rest of the chapters should go much faster since I’ve already added all the new scenes.

My goals for May

  • Complete short story for June Anthology (Ulave)
  • Start and finish short story for a Creature Feature Anthology
  • Complete the 3rd draft of Part 3 of Blood Feud (chapters 30-48)

Tough but doable goals if I stick at it and write everyday. I really enjoy setting these goals and feel a great sense of accomplishment when I reach them, but if I don’t reach them I still feel fulfilled because I made the effort. So what are your goals for April and May?

Writing is More Thinking Than Actual Writing

What is the most frustrating part about being a writer? I don’t know about other writers, but for me its discovering a fabulous idea that I start writing on, and then part way into the story the idea fizzles, or I lose interest- So much for that fabulous idea. It gets tossed on that dusty shelf where all stories usually never get a second glance. After awhile, looking at the cluttered shelf can get more than a little depressing and I wonder, “Why can’t I finish anything? Why can’t I find a story I really want to write?”

Answer… Because I haven’t spent enough time developing any idea to the point where I can really know it to feel it inside and out, up and down, and all the way through to the deepest core of the idea.

I’ve noticed as a writer that the stories I spend more time thinking on always come out clearer and more fully formed. In fact, as a rule now I don’t even put my story to paper unless I have spent a days, weeks, or even months pondering on characters, backstory, emotional motivations, and different possible plot lines. Once I feel like I have a strong connection to the idea, then I begin to write it down. The words flow and I can’t seem to write fast enough. The stories have complete structure beginning, middle, and end. The best part is I feel a much stronger connection to the characters than I ever did just plopping ideas down as soon as they are breathed life.

I recently heard a piece of advice Ray Bradury gave a fellow writer… “Writing is 99% thinking, and the rest is typing.” When I heard that quote I could only think, “Wow, if only someone had told me that years ago it would have saved me a lot of trouble.” But then I doubt I would have understood that as I do now.

Here are some Ways to Get the Mind Thinking.

Writing for Me

I ventured onto my blog today to answer a comment a reader left and realized it’s been nearly a month since I’ve updated. I seem to have fallen into a pattern of ignoring my blog and pouring all my time into my my novel and the several short stories I’ve been working on. So today I’ve decided to do a update about my writing and why I’ve been ignoring my blog.

Since I began the journey of writing with the goal of writing for myself instead of trying to be a published author (late last year), writing has become much more fun and exciting! The ideas flow much easier and I’m just a happier person all around. It doesn’t mean I won’t pursue publication, but I’m no longer writing to fit a certain niche or what I think people want to read. I write what I want to read, and it makes a big different.

I have so many story ideas now I couldn’t possibly write them all out (at least not with the time restraints I have now). And yet, I still continue to have spontaneous ideas popping up at the strangest times. In fact, I was trying to relax in a bath the other day and a whole story just developed in one whole lump from start to finish in a matter of half an hour. After that I got out, got dressed, and sat down to the keyboard. Two hours later I had a full rough draft of a 3,700 words story finished. Yet another example of something happening because I didn’t force it. I wrote because I wanted to and it felt good. Real good.

The novel I’ve been working on since this past spring (Blood Feud) has gone much the same way. It’s a story that I wish I could read, but no one has written it yet, so I am taking it on myself to do the task. It’s been a fun ride so far. Don’t get me wrong, writing is hard work- very hard, but the joy of writing the novel far exceeds the grueling hours and dedication I put into it. Crazy I know, but it’s something I look forward to doing every single morning that I wake up. I might not be able get a chance to write on my novel everyday like I want, but I think about it and hope that I can find the time.

That is what writing should be. Something to look forward to with eagerness. Not something to dread or push until it hurts. I write for me. Sure no one may care to read what I write, but that’s okay. My work may not be what publishers are looking for. I don’t care, I write for me. And yes I’ve been ignoring my blog, because I have been too busy writing for… well, do I really have to say it again??? As long as I write for me, I will enjoy writing. So how about you guys, do you write for you?

2 Ways to Be a Better Writer

Writing is a love affair of words and emotion, but there is also much more to it. There is a lot of work that is involved that includes perfecting craft, plot, character and much more. A writer’s journey never ends as he or she blazes the trail of art and soul. The further along that trail a writer travels, the more he or she realizes that perfection will never be achieved, only stages of good and bad writing; however, a writer can accomplish better writing by putting into practice two very important things. Are you ready for the most important advice you will ever get?

The best way to be a better writer is to read EVERYDAY and write EVERYDAY.

Does this sound familiar? It should, because that is the advice that all writers have received at one point or another in their interactions with other writers, taken writing classes, or read articles about writing. If you really want to learn better writing skills and habits, there is no better way than reading as much as you can and write as much as possible every single day.

This is easier said than done, because most people, like myself, live busy lives. Writing for some is a favorite past time or thing that they can do when all else is completed in the day. Schedules may already be at the max and adding more might be a stretch, but look closely and you might be surprised where some extra time can be made for writing and reading.

I challenge you to setup a schedule for the next month to see how much writing and reading you can possibly cram into each day. When that month is over I guarantee that your writing will have grown by leaps and bounds (I know this from experience from past writing challenges I given myself). I plan on taking part in an alternate NaNoWriMo challenge with this goal in mind. Join me with your own personalized challenge and see where it takes you!