Katryl, the main character of my NaNoWriMo 2015 project entitled The Moonstone, excels at archery. But the techniques that I describe her using in my book are not the sort of techniques you'll hear about in Hollywood, because, as it turns out, Hollywood has got it wrong. When ancient peoples used bows and arrows, they developed techniques that work while you are moving, riding a horse, and in the heat of an actual battle. Here is the video that helped me discover some of these techniques:
While these techniques were helpful in informing my viewpoint, this response to Lars Anderson's video helped me to gain an even deeper understanding of the techniques involved.
I did some research on archery in the "olden days," when people used bows instead of guns. Here are some busted myths and important facts about bows:
Excerpt from The Moonstone
The horse followed the old woman and Katryl to the treeline, blowing softly, his sides sleek with sweat. Katryl helped to seat Alaya on the ground, where the old woman struggled for breath.
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