Why It’s 10,000x More Fun to Write a Fight Scene
I’m going to say something scandalous, so avert your eyes if you have a sensitive mind:
I’ve had sex.
WOAH, I know right? Jump back, Sierra, that’s too much!
But real talk: I have. So have most of you. In the immortal words of George Michael: sex is natural, sex is fun (and if you write it in a book, it doesn’t need to be one on one!) Ha.
You know what I’ve NEVER done? I’ve never been in a fight? (No, I don’t count the time in grade six where I punched a girl for spreading rumours about me, although I did give her a bloody nose, so I’m basically Ronda Rousey.) But as far as a real no-holds-barred brawl, nope, never have and probably never will. I’ve taken some Krav Maga and got to throw around a dude almost twice my size, but that’s about as close as I’m going to get to fighting like one of the McQueen sisters.
So therein lies the biggest reason why I prefer to write fight scenes over sex scenes. I’ve had sex. I’ve never lobbed off a vampire’s head with a katana, and unless the world changes a lot in the next decade or so, I won’t ever get to do the latter. So, sure, sex scenes can be fun, and there’s a lot of thought and choreography that goes into them the same as a fight. But I’ve never been writing a book and left the note [insert fight scene here]. I’ve definitely done that with sex scenes.
The two have a lot in common, actually. If they’re well written, you feel the emotion and intensity, more than just reading “this body part goes here, and then does that.” You feel connected to the characters and what they’re experiencing. A well written, high intensity scene should feel real, and should bring the reader closer to the stories and the characters.
I like a good smooch-and-canoodle scene as much as the next gal, but I’d rather write a book with no sex scenes at all, than one without the REAL action. Badass babes with swords, or getting down in a one-on-one bare knuckle brawl. Those are my favourite things to write. I love imaging those scenes played out on a big screen, and how exhilarating they would be to watch. I remember the action scenes more than the love scenes, honestly. In Keeping Secret, Secret’s car is attacked on a deserted stretch of highway. She ends up dangling out a car window, almost losing her head, while defending herself against the other car. In another, a bridal salon is the target of an assassin’s assault. Those scenes were a thousand times more fun to write than the hot-and-heavy up-against-a-tree werewolf sex I wrote later in that book (though that was pretty fun too).
Admit it: the best part of reading urban fantasy isn’t the sex. It’s the tooth and nail, gun and sword intensity of the fights.
Give me a bit of swordplay over foreplay any day.
Thunder Road by Sierra Dean
Series: Rain Chaser #1
Published by Sierra Dean on October 2015
Being Chosen was supposed to be a gift.
That’s what Tallulah Corentine’s parents told her when they handed her over to the Rain Chasers on her seventh birthday. It was an honor to be born with a destiny, to be hand selected by the gods before taking her first breath. She should be overjoyed.
Twenty years later, Tallulah is still waiting for the gift. She might have the power of the storm at her fingertips, but she’s spent her whole adult life living under a cloud.
A cross-country trip to find the wayward son of Seth, god of the storm, turns into a fight for her life when she dupes Death out of a valuable treasure. With only a wily con man, a dangerously handsome bad-luck priest, and a lot of lightning to help her, can she deliver the package and keep herself out of an early grave?
Or will Seth be looking for a new Rain Chaser before it’s all over?
Two winner will get their choice of an ebook from Sierra’s back list.
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