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I need some pointers on how to write good battle/war scenes. I am having trouble.

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Hello Iori,

I have never written a battle/war scene so I am probably not your best advisor; however, if I were to write one, I would begin by isolating myself with plenty of undisturbed time, allowing my creative mind total control, without censoring, editing, correcting or otherwise hindering a free flow of creativity. I would allow the characters to write the scene. I would allow the characters to tell me what is happening and how.  I would give total control to the characters.  It may be as though you are watching a movie scene and you don't know from one frame to the next what will happen, but as the scene unfolds you type what you see and hear.

If you can do this throughout the book, I believe you will have a story with much life and zest.  It is how I write my entire books. No outline, no editing, correcting or otherwise interfering until a final rough draft is complete.

Try this and let me know how it works for you.
Happy writing,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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