Most of you know now about my YA fantasy novel, tentatively titled From Under the Mountain. I’ve shamefully not written a word of it since the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge, but that’s because I’m coming up to the big climactic battle scene and frankly, I’m a little nervous to write it.
Nothing is more of a let-down than a terrible fantasy battle, in my opinion; especially in an epic or high fantasy, which I think mine qualifies as based on setting and subject. So while I know that editing is a thing and the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, the pressure is still on.
I’ve been (very slowly) doing some research by reading De Re Militari, a 5th century Roman text on training and strategy referenced by pretty much every book or website on military tactics (hooray, primary sources!). But making the battle realistic isn’t the only point. It also needs to be interesting to the reader.
So I am here to appeal to you all. If you could, answer these couple of questions for me, share it with your friends, ask them to answer, all of that fun stuff!
1. What are some of your favorite battle scenes, from movies, books, TV etc?
2. When you read/watch a battle, are you more concerned with the fight itself (the play-by-play) or the character’s perspective?
3. How long is your ideal battle scene? I.e. how many chapters? (I write third person limited, so I do plan on switching back and forth between characters all over the battle in short to medium chapters.)
I can’t come up with anything else at the moment, so just start there and if you have anything else to comment on, by all means feel free! And thanks in advance.