I don’t know about other writers, but I have a thing for stockpiling notebooks. There’s something appealing about having paper that you can just write things on, and keep information organized.
Or maybe I’m just weird.
But if you’re anything like me, you have a bunch of empty notebooks. Ever wonder what to do with them?
One habit I’ve picked up recently is using empty notebooks or scrap paper to help map out fight scenes (or other scene involving lots of furniture, people, etc…) Below is an example.
This method is useful because it helps keep track of who is where. In the scene above, I mapped out the protags (I for Isi, Js for Jason, etc) and the placement of the guards. Then I erased and rewrote each time a person moved, and crossed out the guards as they eventually fell. For instance, here is where two guards surrounded character “P” and “Jc” helped fight them off:
(Picture of a P surrounded by two crossed off Gs, with a Jc in the corner)
All in all, it’s a useful technique for more than just fight scenes, and I hope this idea will help someone.