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Write The Fight Right by [Baxter, Alan]
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A fiction writer's resource for creating realistic, convincing fight scenes.

Author and martial arts instructor, Alan Baxter, presents a short, ~12,000 word, ebook describing all the things a writer needs to consider when writing fight scenes. Baxter's experience from decades as a career martial artist make this book a valuable resource for writers who want to understand what fighting is all about - what it really feels like and what does and doesn't work - and how to factor those things into their writing to make their fight scenes visceral, realistic page turners. Baxter won't tell you how to write, but he will tell you what makes a great fight scene.

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Solid Material. I did about 8 years of Judo - not this particular form of Martial Arts, but I wish I had had a teacher of this calibre. Mine was a 4th Dan black belt and he knew his stuff and we copied him and partnered him and hit the deck like a sack of bricks time and again - hard - very hard - but this author can also teach - a very special gift indeed. His ability to communicate the feeling and speed of a fight in simple english is exceptional. Well worth the price if you have fight scenes in your story. Just reading it conveys some of the 'special stuff to do with balance and flow and anticipation and reflexes and core mobility' that only a trained martial artist is aware of at a deep level. So there is some quite special almost secret stuff set out here in plain accessible english.

Excellent.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 31 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Surfacy read on fighting not to be confused with a true book 20 January 2013
By Tom D - Published on Amazon.com
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Im a huge fan of combat instruction and experience, but two stars must be given because this is a very very quick read being so because so much detail is left out. Nothing about violence escalation stages, reactions to these stages by those other stages, and the differentiation between mindsets of the murderous versus the basically aggressive. Missing too, is any notion of fighting those with altered perceptions (fiending addicts, the insane), and or group fight dynamics and psychology (handy if your character is a gang banger or victim of gang violence for example). It seems more geared to low level one on one sport fighting or basic survival methods. Very broadly brushed topics regarding some weapons, fight distances and strike options, and so forth but doesn't get into the viscera of the fight experience (it tries at times). Some physiological responses are touched on but so much detail and subject matter is left out that your fight scenes will start to sound eerily familiar if you just rely on this book to flesh them out. Very rudimentary. Too short by far and is a direct result of leaving whole swaths of pertinent info out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From the title, this may not be the book you think it is. Read the blurb, or this review. 25 March 2016
By Bernie Gourley - Published on Amazon.com
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I was going to pan this for being the wrong book, but then I read through the blurb (and even the subtitle) and realized that it was largely my fault that I got the wrong book. Furthermore, I recognized that the information contained in this tiny e-book is good and that it’s packaged in a concise form. I, thus, concluded that this is the right book for someone—just not me nor many of you. I’ll, therefore, devote the bulk of this review to differentiating for whom the book will be beneficial and for whom it won’t. Because of the dearth of books on the topic I was interested in, I can imagine others erroneously purchasing this book and having (the albeit tiny) $2.50 worth of buyer’s remorse.

I purchased this book (and another one that returned on the search for “writing fight scenes”) because I’m rewriting a chapter in my novel in which fight scenes are prominent. I realized that there is a fine art to writing a good fight scene, and that I could use some help in being more effective at it. One needs fight scenes to have fast pacing and to be visceral. At the same time, one must avoid getting bogged down in detail even in the face of multiple attackers or unfamiliar and complex weaponry. This book won’t help you one iota in this regard, and, to be fair, it says in the blurb that the book will not help with one’s writing.

The book is about what it’s like to be in a fight and how to separate Hollywood myth and misconception from reality. As a long-time martial artist with both military and law enforcement training as well as an avid reader, there was nothing new or interesting in this book—though there wasn’t much I would disagree with either.

Three criteria for readership:
1.) You haven’t witnessed or experienced a fight (outside the choreography of the silver screen) since middle school. This book describes the experience and effects of fighting and what skilled fighters try to do in close-quarters combat. It aims to help writers purge theatrical nonsense from their fight scenes and inject some verisimilitude.
2.) Your fight scene is a standard 20th/21st century brawl. What is discussed is one-on-one fighting--unarmed or with weapons that one might see wielded today. One won’t gain insight useful in historical fiction, or anything that doesn’t echo today’s form of fighting.
3.) You don’t want to put a lot of time or effort into reading and / or researching the subject. The author does advise the reader to take martial arts or self-defense classes as a superior way to learn what he is trying to teach. What this book has going for it is that it’s only a 43 page (and a couple dollar) investment. If one is interested in getting a much deeper understanding of the topics covered, I would recommend a combination of Lt. Col. David Grossman’s On Killing in conjunction with any number of full-length martial arts books (I’m reading Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do presently, and it’s certainly an excellent candidate.)

To summarize: this book is useful to teach one about realism in fight scenes, and not about structuring such scenes. There are only three examples (2 short and one long) in the book—none from what would be considered exemplary works. If you’ve taken a martial art or had military or law enforcement experience, there’s unlikely to be anything new or intriguing in this book. Even if you just watch MMA regularly and / or read about fighting or combat, there’s a good chance you won’t learn much.

However, if watch Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or Rumble in the Bronx and say, “So that’s what a fight looks like,” you should definitely give this book a read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writer's resource! 30 May 2011
By J. A. Newbery - Published on Amazon.com
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You're making great progress in writing your novel and then you come to the climactic fight scene. You know how it's supposed to go. You can see the whole thing in your head, blow for blow, until the bad guy is down on the ground, bruised, bloody and unconscious with the hero standing over him, fists clenched, barely breathing hard, not a hair out of place. The girl runs into the hero's arms, they kiss, end of story.

So you write it, and somehow, on paper, it's not as good as it was in your head. Or your critiquers put voice to your fear: "Sorry, it's just not realistic." So you rewrite and rewrite and you just can't get it. You need experience, you figure, but you've never been in a fight in your life. You've only watched them on television and in movies. How can you write what you don't know? Short of starting a barroom brawl, what do you do?

Start by reading this book.

Alan Baxter is a writer and martial arts instructor. He knows how to write and knows how to fight. He wrote this book to help you and me, the non-fighter, write our fight scenes with confidence and accuracy so no one can tell us, "Sorry, it's just not realistic."

The book is broken out into small chapters that cover the various techniques of fighting as well as reactions and outcomes. It also includes a cheat sheet checklist and a sample fight scene.

"This book won't teach you how to fight, but it will teach you some of the things you need to know to write convincingly about fighting."

As you read this how-to-write book, keep paper and pen handy because you will want to take notes. Some of the information seems obvious, like "nothing is more important in fighting that footwork," and "it's hard to hit a moving target." We know those things already (right?). But how about "when you fight, you will get hit." We may not want a single hair on our hero's head to be disturbed, but in a real fight, his opponent will land blows and he will get hit. He has to, if you want to keep it real. And getting hit hurts. It hurts everyone, even the most intrepid of heroes. He may even feel like crying after being hit, which is a natural reaction. Add these facts into your story, and the realism starts to come. Readers will start to believe your fight scenes.

(But of course, we'd never allow our hero to cry. Let the bad guy be the blubbering baby after the hero delivers a crushing right cross.)

"When two tigers fight, one limps away, terribly wounded. The other is dead." - old Chinese proverb.

You can't learn fighting from a book, but with this book and your fertile writer's imagination, you can factor in elements you may not ever have considered and make your fight scenes realistic, so readers will think you know what you're talking about. And they'll want to read more. That's the hallmark of a good story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Succinct and useful. 4 January 2016
By James Milton - Published on Amazon.com
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Needing a quick guide to not embarrassing myself while writing fight scenes, I bought this particular book based on recollecting how detailed, precise, and effective the fight scenes were in Bound, Alan Baxter's first Alex Caine novel. It is very much a quick guide, but pretends to be nothing else. It gives solid instructions for using physical violence effectively in a work of fiction. That focus on applying the information in fiction - conveying the fight through reaction rather than description of technique, how a fight is likely to engage the five senses, or the consequences of fear and adrenaline and how to counter them, for example - struck me as perfectly useful for my purposes. My copy was covered with highlighting by the time I was done.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 4 March 2017
By Chanelle - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book to be a big help, as it went into the emotions and feelings a person goes through when in a fight or just before.