Prompt – Fisticuffs!

Every good sci-fi story has to have a little action. You build the tension between characters up to a certain point, and then you put them against each other with blaster pistols, laser guns, what have you. But once in a while, all the weapons get thrown down and the characters just end up beating at each other with fists.

Practice the art of envisioning and writing a fight scene between two unarmed combatants. It’s a little more difficult than it sounds, but if you can do it right it can make make the difference between a so-so fight scene and an awesome fight scene. Give it a try!

2 thoughts on “Prompt – Fisticuffs!

  1. Good idea for a prompt — in a scifi setting, what would lead to hand-to-hand combat? Of course, Classic Star Trek found ways to do that fairly often, but those stories were written in a very different setting than today’s scifi!

    And I gotta say, I love the pic you posted with this.

  2. I think that’s a big part of the fun of this kind of prompt – figuring out the circumstances that led the characters to go at it hand to hand when they have futuristic technology on their side… It’s part of the challenge, too, because you aren’t just writing a fist fight, you’re writing a fist fight that is conspicuous in its lack of advanced weaponry. How to build such a scene….?

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