Picking a Fighting Style for Your Character (FightWrite™)

Last month with FightWrite™ on the WD blog, we looked at how untrained characters may fight. In this post, we will look at trained characters. How they do battle depends on the fighting style that you the writer assign them. Which fighting should you assign them? I’m glad you asked!

One of the first things I often ask writers when helping them with a fight scene is why they chose that particular fighting style for their character. It is not uncommon for them to pause, give it a think, shrug, and smile. I immediately know that their character has the fighting style they do because, “it is cool.” And, I get that. I do not blame any writer for wanting to write a fighting style that just seems bad a$$. After all, when we write, we are our characters and I don’t know about you, but I’d love to be a medieval Crusader adept in Krav Maga, a Victorian lady judoka, or an anybody wielding two swords. The problem is, there’s a problem with each of those. By the end of this post, you’ll know what it is.

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