The Writer's Guide to Weapons:
A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction
When it comes to writing weapons, most authors shoot from the hip–and miss. The Writer’s Guide to Weapons will help you hit your target every time.
Firearms and knives have starring roles in a wide range of genres–crime, thriller, war, mystery, Western, and more. Unfortunately, many depictions of weapons in novels and film are pure fiction. Knowing the difference between a shotshell and a slug, a pistol and a revolver, or a switchblade and a butterfly knife is essential for imbuing your story with authenticity–and gaining popularity with discerning readers.
Inside you’ll find:
- An in-depth look at the basics of firearms and knives: how they work, why they work, what they look like, and how to depict them accurately in your stories.
- The biggest weapons myths in fiction, TV, and film.
- A surefire guide for choosing the correct weapon for your characters, no matter their skill level, strength, or background.
- A review of major gun and knife laws, weapons safety tips,and common police tactics.
- “The Hit List,” showcasing the most popular weapons for spies, detectives, gunslingers, gangsters, military characters, and more.
- Examples highlighting inaccurate vs. accurate weapons depictions.
- An insightful foreword by David Morrell, the award-winning creator of Rambo.
Equal parts accessible, humorous, and practical, The Writer’s Guide to Weapons is the one resource you need to incorporate firearms and knives into your fiction like a seasoned professional.
"The Writer's Guide To Weapons" Reviewed
A rare gem for all writers needing information on firearms and knives.
This book makes some very big claims as to what it will cover, and it delivers on every single one of them.
Now, I’m far from being an expert on weapons, so when this book came to my attention, I was intrigued. I’ve written fight scenes into at least two of my short stories, and thankfully had people who were able to help me get my facts straight.
However, this book is definitely one that’s going to be referenced a lot for my novel, because there are going to be a lot more weapons involved. Why?
Let’s look at what this book does:
- It neatly breaks down the weapons by group, style and use.
- It discusses the basics of the laws surrounding the weapons, as well as safety tips.
- It includes guides on how to select weapons for your characters (or even yourself).
- It covers ways particular weapons can be used in writing and busts some of the myths that were created by movies and fiction.
- It even includes a glossary of terms and a basic list of weapons.
If you’re a writer, and you’re not intimately familiar with weapons, this is a must have book. If you are familiar with weapons, this book may just give you ideas that might not have otherwise occurred to you, because you overlooked them.