Let's face it. Conflict abounds in the world. Whether your world is a faraway planet's moon, a medieval dungeon, or the coffee shop around the corner. And many conflicts escalate into fists and weapons.
But you, the writer, might be the most peace-loving, conflict-avoiding, petal-tossing person around. You've never hefted a sword, pulled a trigger, or gripped a grenade. It's hard to write what you know, when you don't know much.
Last year at a writing conference I took a workshop where the instructor demonstrated a variety of fighting techniques. You might want to join some classes, if hands-on and visual learning is more helpful to you.
For the rest of us, in the interest of writing our fight scenes more realistically, here are some links I've gathered to help your conflict sound more convincing.
Award-winning fantasy author Jill Williamson has written several posts on this.
Writing the action/fight scene: 3 questions to ask yourself
And specific for fantasy writers: The Wizard's Duel: considerations for magical figthing
Writing.com points out the need to watch your sentence length during fight scenes.
Marilynn Byerly posted a comprehensive guide to fight scenes and how to map them out before writing.
To avoid repetition in fight scenes, FictionPress lays out a list of synonyms to use in fight scenes.
You might also want a copy of Randy Ingermanson's 24-page PDF guide to writing fight scenes.
And Marg McAllister helps writers answer the question: Do your fight scenes pack a punch?
If you need more visuals, check out this YouTube video from Alan Baxter, a speculative fiction and thriller writer with 25 years experience as a martial arts instructor. A quick search on YouTube will bring up many more videos for all genres of writing.
How do you write fight scenes? Do you act them out yourself? Watch videos? Read written scenes?