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…?