Writing Research: Sword Fights

The internet does care! I was researching sword fighting techniques, and unashamedly watching Brad Pitt and Eric Bana duke it out in Troy, when I came across this article. It features some great tips for writers for what to do and what not to do when writing sword fight scenes – especially, if like me, you’ve never actually been in one.

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I enjoy fight scenes in movies, whether it is some gun-fu or a long martial arts battle or an awesome sword fight, which got me to thinking about how well I can pull off writing one of these scenes for a story. I would love to write a really cool sword fight, for instance, but I a) have never held a sword much less fought with one, and b) am not really familiar with sword terminology. Of course, as writers, we make stuff up all the time, but it is nice to at least sound like we know what we are talking about. So I turned to my pal Google for some help on the subject, and here is a round-up of what I found.

Martin Turner of martinturner.org.uk had two interesting posts, the first about the difficulties of writing a sword fight and how other writers have handled them…

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