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    Fight Scenes and Battles this may be useful.
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    I like what Byerly says about pacing, but good lord, the examples she gives from her own work are atrocious. If two rivals are having an emotionally-charged swordfight, I do not want to read one's internal monologue the whole time and see only two sentences describing actual dueling.
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    It's a hodge-podge of good ideas, the kind of thing you can learn from but wish it wasn't so much to wade through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saellys View Post
    I like what Byerly says about pacing, but good lord, the examples she gives from her own work are atrocious. If two rivals are having an emotionally-charged swordfight, I do not want to read one's internal monologue the whole time and see only two sentences describing actual dueling.
    Agree 100%. Nothing takes me out of suspense more than long sections of internal thought during supposedly mortal combat.
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    I only read a bit. Yes I don't want someone internalising when someone else is trying to cut of his head with a long sword. Leave the monologue until after the fight.

    I have to say I suspect in reality if you are fighting for your life there is no of the gentlemanly (or ladylike) nonsense. Just kick him in the wotsits or her in the belly and when they go down run them through
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    Quote Originally Posted by ALB2012 View Post
    I only read a bit. Yes I don't want someone internalising when someone else is trying to cut of his head with a long sword. Leave the monologue until after the fight.

    I have to say I suspect in reality if you are fighting for your life there is no of the gentlemanly (or ladylike) nonsense. Just kick him in the wotsits or her in the belly and when they go down run them through
    I would make some exception for quippy dialogue by or between combatants but only if one or both are exceptionally skilled & comfortable in that situation. Even then, I would prefer this be very limited in scope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T.Allen.Smith View Post
    I would make some exception for quippy dialogue by or between combatants but only if one or both are exceptionally skilled & comfortable in that situation. Even then, I would prefer this be very limited in scope.
    That idea reminds me of A Princess Bride and the fight between the Man in Black and Iņigo Montoya, they go here and there dueling like professionals and all the while chatter on about the different styles they could have used instead.

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    Here's a slightly better round-up of the fight scene thing - a lot more in depth and concise ...

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    Thanks another perspective is useful.
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