Thursday, August 30, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway: Robert Downs on Manfiction

Today's guest post is by Robert Downs. He is the writer of Falling Immortality and his niche falls in the Manfiction arena. Now, the last time I read a Manfiction book, I almost threw it against the wall. But, Robert seems like a nice enough guy and his book sounds interesting. So, without further ado...

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~ Morrigan

Creating a Realistic Fight Scene in MANfiction

by Robert Downs 

During a guest post on another blog, I mentioned your main character needs to bleed. He needs to fear for his life, when there’s a gun pointed at his head, or your sense of realism is lost. Sure, he can talk his way out of it, but he needs to be genuinely frightened, even if it’s only temporary. If you don’t do this, your character might seem less than believable.

And you need to create a fight scene that fits your main character. If he’s always getting into trouble, then place him in the most trouble you can possibly imagine. If your main character experiences loss, that’s even better. He needs to be well-rounded, or as well-rounded as your character and the genre allow. Conventions will determine what’s best for you, and it’s perfectly acceptable to break these conventions, but you need to know why you’re doing it. It needs to be for the greater good of the story. In fact, if you let it, that should become your new mantra. Any sacrifice you make to your muse should be at the benefit of telling a better story for your readers.

Fights can happen anywhere, and I’d encourage you to explore all possibilities. Brainstorm if you need to. Do whatever it takes to make the story better and make your main character as believable as possible. Extremes can make for amusing anecdotes, but don’t abuse them, or you might find your muse has left you, possibly for good. And your readers might as well. If your readers start heading for the exits in a mass exodus, it’ll take more than just skill to win them back. You’ll probably have to create a whole new identity, and you’ll have to sacrifice your main character at the altar of justice.

Robert Downs is the author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator. A sample chapter of his MANfiction mystery debut, as well as other interesting information about the author, or his main character, can be located at his website. 

And now for a giveaway of Falling Immortality (trailer below!)

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