I picked up a copy of Fight Like a Girl by Aiki Flinthart after reading a recommendation from another author. And wow—just wow. So, besides writing books, this woman is skilled in martial arts and knife throwing. Knife. Throwing. I mean, who does that? Well, Aiki Flinthart, apparently.
The author’s style is informed and laced with humor. I found the book to be well researched and diverse in its approach to writing female characters in life-threatening situations. Chapters include insights from the perspectives of biology, psychology, emotion—and grammar.
The author provides concrete examples of how to write—and not write—females engaging in combat with males, who are typically larger and stronger. As a bonus, she dissects poorly written scenes where the description of the fight is illogical. And she provides solutions.
I love this book and plan to refer to it often. And I recommend it to any author writing action thrillers that feature strong female characters. Oh, and at some point, I might even look into knife throwing. It sounds like fun.
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Women are not men with mammaries. They don’t approach, handle, or react to violence in the same way. Aiki Flinthart is a long-time martial artist, archer, knife-thrower, assault-survivor, and author of 11+ novels – all with kick-ass heroines and heroes.
In Fight Like a Girl, she brings her own experience, plus the results of extensive research and interviews, to the table for fellow authors.
You should come away with an excellent understanding of the differences between males and females, how they fight, react, and think. What weapons and techniques work well for smaller physiques. How it feels to be involved in a fight.
You’ll also get a deep understanding of how to apply that knowledge to an actual fight scene. A step by step guide to how to write and pace your fight scene, word choices, foreshadowing, character arcs, and how to pack an emotional punch.
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