How Do You Write a Battle?

Spun 27 August, 2013 / Filed under Archive

Hi all!

So guess what! There’s a huge battle coming up in FH, which is pretty much the climax of the entire book, and I. AM. SO. EXCITED!!!!!!

There’s only one problem… I’ve never actually written a battle scene before.

It’s kind of embarrassing, actually. I mean, I’ve written about a heck of a lot of things. But for some reason, it never crossed my mind to write a battle, and it is coming back to haunt me now, at possibly the worst time ever. I realized it when I sat down at my computer last Saturday and started about ten different openers for the chapter, all of them terrible and unrealistic. It was depressing.

So I’m getting prepared! For what is probably the first time in my life I have actually paid all my library fees and returned all my overdue books, and I have 15 books slots all ready to be checked out with books with amazing battle scenes for me to study. On my list is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, for its awesome Battle of Hogwarts scene at the end, and… that’s about it.

I know. Pathetic.

So, I’m calling on my awesome readers! I need your tips – how can I write a battle scene? It’s a magical battle, of course (for those of you who haven’t read Frozen Hearts, the main characters are Ice Wizards). If you know any books with great battles, I want to read them! If there’s a guide to writing battle scenes, post the link below. I’m counting on y’all to help me out. The second attempt for the chapter is scheduled for this Friday and I’m hoping for a good supply of tips, books, and info by then.

Thanks, guys!

love,
Topaz

6 Responses to “How Do You Write a Battle?”

  1. I don’t have a lot of experience on battle-writing myself, but the best advice I can give you is write out every moment. Include feelings and thoughts and sensations and setting and character and dialogue. I know it sounds like a lot, but battles are really tense; you don’t want to just rush through it. Give each moment a thought, and write it out — don’t be descriptive, of course, but find that balance.
    Good luck!

Courage, dear heart—