Friday, December 9, 2011

YA, Research, and Mixed Martial Arts

I'm working on a book right now that has a lot of fight scenes--like hand-to-hand combat, beat you into the ground, try to get a KO (too Mortal Combat?) kind of fight scenes. And while I like the idea, and I've drafted all of these scenes, I'm not a fighter.

I needed to find a way to make my fight scenes more realistic, to understand how moves work not just what they are. At first, I thought I'd take a class. I've always wanted to be a bad ass. But then I realized I know nothing about fighting styles (other than what I learned watching Dragon Ball Z). So I bought a book: Mixed Martial Arts for Dummies.

This is the cover (in case you couldn't figure that out)

It helped a lot. I didn't have a specific fighting style in mind. I want hand-to-hand combat, and I want to write about it in a way that makes sense to me. Because if I can understand it and visualize it, my readers will be able to. I'm not using everything in this book. I don't plan to title my moves in my book (because who really knows what those words mean other than the actual fighters?). 

Here's the biggest thing: the book has pictures. And I love pictures.

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