Thursday, 17 March 2011

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Swordplay: Introduction

It occurs to me that I'm in something of a unique position as a fantasy writer, in that I know a good deal more about sticking swords in people than most. After all, I've practised modern fencing, Historical European Martial Arts Systems, some Chinese stuff, some Japanese stuff, and even a little Filipino stick work. In the past, a couple of people have even asked me for tips on writing their fight scenes.

As such, what I'm going to do in this short series of irregular articles is give those of you wishing to inject a little more knowledge into your sword based scenes some information and ideas to play with. It's not going to be a comprehensive guide, and in several cases, I'll just point you at other things, but hopefully, it will be of some general use to you.

I'm going to keep these posts quite short, but with any luck your next fight scene will be a little more fun because of them.

5 comments:

Cherie Reich said...

Great idea! I would love to learn more about writing swordplay in novels. :)

Brenda Drake said...

Wonderful idea. I can't wait to read your posts. :D

Madeleine said...

that sounds exciting. I look forward to it :O)

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Great! Hurry up, Stu, I am self-pubbing my fantasy romance Born of Fire later this spring and have worries about my two small scenes.

The Golden Eagle said...

It sounds like they'll be great posts!