Thursday, August 25, 2011
Scenes I hate writing: Battle Scenes
Battle scenes. I can't write 'em. Particularly not big ones. There's way too much choreography going on in those. I cheat when I need to, by bringing it back to one single, skittish POV. And that guy will probably get knocked face down in a heartbeat, because the concussion that makes him vague and confused makes my job easier.
See this guy on the ground? Sure, he might look dead, but in actual fact he's my POV guy. All he can see is mud and smoke, so that's all you'll get to see as well.
I like to think I'm bringing a personal touch to a battle scene -- a sense of immediacy -- but really it's because I get confused if there are too many pieces on the board. Also, I hate the idea of historians scoffing at me. Well, really, I imagine them sneering over their port and cigars, even a child could tell you the wind was blowing from the northeast so the Prussian banners can't possibly have been streaming out behind them, what!
It's true what they say. War is hell.
Are there any battle scenes you've read that were brilliant? What about god-awful?
Are there any scenes you hate writing?
(And in a few days we're talking about the biggie - sex scenes!)