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Writer Research: Sword Fighting

So now that we’ve gone over swords, let’s talk about fighting with them.

Basic Terminology
  • Advance – a short movement forward
  • Binding – engaging the opponent’s weapon to stop an attack
  • Countering – defending by attacking at the same time as one’s opponent
  • Cut – a slashing attack with the edge of the blade
  • Fade – a leap backward
  • Feint- a fake attack made to bait an opponent
  • Lunge – a leap forward
  • Parry – deflecting an opponent’s blade with one’s own
  • Retreat – a short movement backward
  • Thrust – a stabbing attack with the point of the sword
  • Voiding – moving out of the way of an attack

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4 Methods to Make Your Crime Fiction Stand Out

“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.”

When staring at a blank sheet of paper, write down this timeless advice from G. K Chesterton’s detective story, The Blue Cross. Notice how the criminal comes first, then the detective. Given the truckloads of crime novels cramming every bookshop, it’s easy to fall back on tried and tested templates, even clichés. We forget why crime fiction has become a timeless genre – not because of our dishevelled detectives, but because someone is driven to crime. That should be our focus. Continue reading 4 Methods to Make Your Crime Fiction Stand Out

Writer Research: Polygraphs

In fiction, we often see a suave criminal tricking the lie detector or some low-level thug cracking under the weight of his own deception. Just how accurate are these portrayals? Can people really fool a polygraph?

To answer both those questions, it isn’t as simple as it seems. Whether your characters are innocent or guilty, they have plenty to worry about with a lie detector test. Let’s discuss what actually happens during this examination. Continue reading Writer Research: Polygraphs