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Week Two: Sore Wrists

When Writing Meets Fighting

  • April 04, 2016
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I reminded myself why I was in a room deflecting punches to my face. In Magical Ties, Emily begins taking a class in self defense. My memories of briefly taking Tae Kwon Do and Tai Chi were too long ago to recall the mechanics of either. If Emily gets into a fight in book two, I want to write it correctly.

As I threw a punch at my sparring partner, the thought flitted into my head that this wouldn’t do Emily any good if she faced a vampire. Still….

Oops. Write later, fight now. I focused and punched again.

I had decided to sign up for an eight-week course in self defense from my old Tai Chi school. Partly because I missed going there and partly because I needed to get it right in my next book. I realize that not everyone is going to do what their characters do but there are times I find it useful. It gives me the understanding to choose the right words to make a scene authentic.

Now, where can I find someone to teach me to throw a knife…?

  • Christine • April 4, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Uh oh! You are getting more dangerous the more you write!😨
    Remind me never to send you a card that may prove fatal to me!😇

    Don’t you think it is time to have Emily meet up with…. say….a
    Not exactly handsome, but pleasant looking and very kind sweet generous cat Veterinarian? 😉

    Ps. Has Emily met Buffy yet? I understand that gal has a little experience with vampire fighting….

    • J. M. Levinton • April 4, 2016 at 2:22 am

      LOL Guess you’ll have to read it to find out! (Yes, I’m getting closer to finishing the formatting for publication.)

  • Anne • April 4, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Now that’s what I call dedication to the craft! But please be careful, for goodness’ sake.

    • J. M. Levinton • April 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Heh. Except for feeling a bit creaky in my knees the next day, it’s fine.

  • Jan • April 4, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Try a circus! For the knife-throwing. Ah the weird things we do in the name of research!

    • J. M. Levinton • April 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      That’s an excellent idea, thank you!

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