Between the Lines with Writer and Fighter Christine Haggerty

Between the Lines with Writer and Fighter Christine Haggerty

Between the lines is series of episodes on “In the Telling” designed to satisfy Liz’s unrelenting desire to get a Master’s Degree she can’t afford by holding Book Club with interesting people in the industry.

July 2019 – A discussion of “Dojo to Page: How to Write Fight Scenes” with the book’s author, Utah native Christine Haggerty, from the balcony of her condo.

Show Notes:

Special Guest: Christine Haggerty, author and black belt, loves to create and share stories of strength and survival. Visit her author page on Amazon, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook. From the back cover of the book, “Christine Haggerty has a B.S. in Secondary Education and over fourteen years experience teaching both language arts and traditional karate. She is an expert in both writing and fighting and combines her expertise in these fields to bring you an effective guide on action scenes. She is also an award-winning author of dystopian and dark fantasy fiction and loves to spin fire on the weekends.”

Key points from her book and our discussion:
Assess your audience
If you are including a fight/action scene, you are writing genre fiction, NOT literary fiction
Prewrite, this should probably also involve pictures and toys and maybe some movies or video games
Consider the amount of training and experience your character has, what is their relationship with violence?
“The point of the set-up is to create context for the fight so that the actual fight can be written as nothing but a nitty gritty sequence of action measure in heartbeats.”
Emotional fallout is the point of a fight scene in a story.  How does this situation affect your characters?

10:00 AJ Scudiere and the Author’s Combat Academy
15:03 customizing for the Young Adult and Romance novel genres
17:27 fight scenes v. action scenes
19:29 5 moves and John Wick and Ant Man and the Wasp
21:39 write according to the laws of physics, then add magic
24:19 accessibility and flare
25:22 character blocking and measuring it out
29:35 favorite fight scene that she’s ever written
35:04 from one character’s point of view
35:42 Adrenaline
42:18 emotional fallout
52:03 why readers like fight scenes so much
53:27 primal and universal

Coming up in September 2019 – A discussion of The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall with The Legendarium Podcast panelist, Tabernacle Choir member, and theatre actor and director Todd Wente.

“In the Telling” will be taking a summer break for the month of August but will return September 2019!


Liz is the producer and host of both the entertainment podcast "In the Telling," and the webseries "She Made Me Do It." She is a produced playwright, theater director, choreographer, stage and screen actress, avid reader, listener and insatiably curious. The aim of all her artistic endeavors is to grow community through local storytelling and entertainment.

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