I wrote about chairs as weapons last week. That was fun.
But it raises a question: What actually counts as a weapon when you’re writing a fight scene?
The answer: Everything.
Anybody can write a fight scene of “Two guys have swords, and they block and attack until one of them makes a mistake and gets stabbed.” That’s boring. Everyone has read that fight scene a dozen times.
What if one guy has a sword, and the other guy has a lamp? Suddenly this fight scene is way cooler. What about an unarmed warrior who has to throw things from her environment at the bad guy, and takes him out with a well-tossed grapefruit? What about that scene from The Dark Knight where the Joker killed a guy with a pencil? Probably the most memorable moment in the movie.
The point (ha ha) is that unexpected weapons make fight scenes original. Let your characters venture outside the realm of “normal” weaponry. Consult someone with combat training to learn what your characters can do with their unexpected weapons of choice. With imagination and research, you can write a realistic, creative fight scene that stands out from the crowd.
Pop quiz! How many weapons are in the image below:
This information is provided for assistance in writing fight scenes only, not for real-life application.