On Killing (via @mykecole, HT: @saladinahmed)

Myke Cole writes a great and heartfelt article about combat and killing, and how most fantasy novels, though steeped in violence, don't convey the experience and the consequences:

One doesn’t have to be a vet­eran brawler to write a great fight scene.

But I do feel like the end result of fighting, namely, killing, isn’t often treated in a way that res­onates with me. I can count on one hand the number of writers who get it right. Joe Aber­crombie springs to mind as one of them, a tiny band of authors, and I do not count myself among them, who evoke the con­se­quences of killing in a way that feels authentic.

[...T]here is one thing in par­tic­ular that I think fan­tasy writers miss, and I want to dial in on that here.

Killing is a chain.

It's good, so read it all here: http://mykecole.com/blog/2014/03/on-killing