Hey guys!! I promised that I’d introduce you to some of my favorite authors and friends, and today is the first in the series. Today, you’ll be reading a guest post from one very talented Lilian Oake. Lilian writes a variety of teen fantasy. In fact, you’ll soon be reading my review of her book The Dragon Cager. I will also be posting an interview with her over the next week or so, but all that’s in the future. Now, I’m gonna hand over the post to Lilian as she talks about writing epic battle scenes.
Hello readers! Thank you for stopping by and taking a gander at what the random, crazy redhead is doing on the blog of MeLeesa Swann! I do hope to impart some helpful bit of info here.
One of the greatest struggles in fantasy today, is keeping the reader engaged without constant epic-battles. Yes, the reader wants to start a story with action. No one wants a new story to start out slow and boring. Yes, war does touch on the senses and brings thrill to the reader. No, war is not the only way to bring on these feelings of excitement.
Some key points about battles in fantasy:
- If the reader isn’t already invested in the story for a solid reason pertaining to the plot, you’re bound to lose them before you even reach the first battle. Or soon after.
- The battle itself has to have purpose. If you’re just throwing it in there for the sake of delivering short-lived excitement, the reader is going to get frustrated, confused, and worst of all, have their suspension of disbelief ruined. If that happens, it’s not easy to keep your reader(s), in this book, or the next.
Character development should be your main focus—besides the plot itself. When the reader is invested in your character, then any and every experience conveys emotion. You want your reader to feel like they are the character, so they feel the clenching teeth of frustration with the MC. The palpitations of excitement. The sweaty palms of shame, or the set jaw of suspicion. With that connection, something as simple as silently climbing through treetops to spy on an enemy could keep your reader delving into your books just as well as any battle would. And this will keep the reader entertained, and enthralled enough to come back for more books.
Well, I hope these words speak to someone, and maybe even helps one of you readers figure out how to work through your own fantasy-writing problem you may be having. If ever you find yourself having an issue you can’t seem to work through, talk to someone about it! (I’ll even leave you my personal email here!) Sometimes, that’s all it takes—a good chat about your book and goals with a good listener.
As always, thanks for reading, guys! To find out more about Lilian Oake, just click here. AND her book The Dragon Cager is currently FREE on Amazon Kindle, but download fast. The sale ends Saturday! I’ll be posting a review of the book SOON, so check back.