13 Week Rewrite: Week Twelve – Battle Scene

This week, you’re rewriting up to the point where your hero makes a new choice. This is the climactic battle scene. Although it’s an internal battle for the hero, it may also present itself externally. It’s where your hero makes a choice between what he wants and what he needs. It’s a difficult choice and it’s through this choice that the plight is resolved.

Because this is a rewrite, this scene probably exists in your work already. The challenge now is to make it clear and specific. It’s not simply the choice that your hero makes that gives this moment its weight, it’s also the meaning ascribed to this moment.

Some of the questions you’ll be asking yourself this week include:

  • What does your hero want?
  • What does your hero need?
  • Can you identify a scene in your work that shows the reader the difficult struggle between these two opposing forces?
  • How can you illustrate for your reader the struggle that this choice holds for your hero?
  • How is the story plight resolved through your hero’s choice?
  • Is the choice a surprise, while on another level, completely inevitable?

In my novel The Romance of Eowain, this battle occurs over several scenes between the end of Chapter Seventeen and the bulk of Chapter Eighteen, which you can read free on Wattpad.

In these scenes, although Hedge King Eowain has had been through a number of exciting external battles through the earlier scenes in the story, the story itself isn’t about those outer conflicts, it’s about the struggle in which he’s locked with the Lady Eithne, and with himself, over the matter of their arranged marriage. Can two people thrown together by political expediency find love? What are the obstacles that still stand between them, once the external villains are defeated? Does Eowain overcome those obstacles at the end of the story, or does he fail to become the man he needs to be to win Eithne’s heart? And is that internal struggle, between who he wants to be and who he needs to be, ever resolved?

The Romance of Eowain, by Michael E. Dellert

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.
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