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 1 Sand Josieph, Thu, 4th Nov '10 12:03:00 PM from Grand Galloping Galaday
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How do I go about creating scenes of mass fighting and confusion yet still give it some contuity without being overwhelming?
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Pick some specific individuals to follow.
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It helps to employ multiple viewpoints in order to get both a visceral account of the mayhem and a less personal overview of the situation. For instance, an ordinary pedestrian caught up in the whole mess as well as the police chief trying to organise some sort of response.
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 4 drunkscriblerian, Thu, 4th Nov '10 8:10:47 PM from Castle Geekhaven Relationship Status: In season
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Sounds odd...but keep it brief. Let the audience's imagination fill in the horror.

If you want to do it from one character's perspective, stick with that character. If you take the "God's-eye view" approach, pare the description down to a couple paragraphs or break the action up between that and something else that's going on. Even mass bloodshed gets boring to read about after a while.

With action, I've found less is more.

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 5 Voltech 44, Thu, 4th Nov '10 9:18:55 PM from Alongside a Virtual Weasel
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^^This.

Going off of that, who started the riot? Is it just the result of a protester who pushes too hard? A peacekeeper with an itchy trigger finger? Or a disaster sprung by the Big Bad? Depending on who's in the crowd and what they want, you can play with those viewpoints.

For example, if the bad guy's there, you could have him slip coolly through the carnage - or, alternatively, have him watching from above, safe and sound with a smile on his face.
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 6 Sand Josieph, Thu, 4th Nov '10 10:39:43 PM from Grand Galloping Galaday
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It's actually a night riot where the assailants are unknown and waiting in the dark. There's one scene I have planned where during the midst of the madness, the heroine and her boyfriend drive through a darkened street (the riot has taken out part of the city power grid) with their headlamps illuminating various vignettes of the chaos.
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 7 drunkscriblerian, Thu, 4th Nov '10 10:42:43 PM from Castle Geekhaven Relationship Status: In season
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So you are going with a limited-perspective approach? The only people who view the riot are the heroine and her boyfriend?
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 8 Sand Josieph, Thu, 4th Nov '10 10:56:15 PM from Grand Galloping Galaday
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Visually, yes. Audibly, I was thinking of adding news reports from the car radio on how widespread the damage was.
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 9 drunkscriblerian, Thu, 4th Nov '10 11:02:59 PM from Castle Geekhaven Relationship Status: In season
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oooh, nice touch. Depending on how you play it that could add a lot of drama.

Suggestion; make the news reports not line up with what the characters are seeing...you know, "Police have had problems, but the riot looks to be contained" (rioters are trashing a cop car and throwing Molotovs at important government buildings).

Bonus points if you can arrange it where the characters are disconnected from the riot somehow...sure, they're watching it, but they are somehow protected from it and listening the (vastly inaccurate) reports on the radio.

If I were to write some of the strange things that come under my eyes they would not be believed.

~Cora M. Strayer~
"Bonus points if you can arrange it where the characters are disconnected from the riot somehow...sure, they're watching it, but they are somehow protected from it and listening the (vastly inaccurate) reports on the radio."

Being inside a locked and moving car should protect them somewhat, although if explosives are being thrown around they might still be in danger. Which could add drama without being overwhelming.
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The approach you're talking about sounds like it would be really effective.

Make sure at least one thing has an actual effect on them, though—a brick hitting their car, for instance.

Make sure to use the words: throng, mob, and melee. Maybe even scrum.
 13 Jack Mackerel, Mon, 8th Nov '10 11:08:18 AM from SOME OBSCURE MEDIA
Break up the writing and use it to cause clear scenes of chaos and confusion. Don't use this as an excuse to scrimp on writing - you can break your overall tone for a riot scene, if temporarily.
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