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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3/12/2017 10:10:02 am
Not true on a few counts. First off, fantasy or other story worlds from Earth have a few differences we should acknowledge. I have seen plenty of metal magic or bows that are passable for modern composite bows which don't need unstrung and may be waterproof. Second the archer who trains can in fact hold down the bow for a couple of minutes. Hunters learn to so they can track the target while at draw.
3/13/2017 07:59:01 pm
Hello Anonymous! Thanks for taking the time to comment in such a thorough and informative way. I had a second video that was, essentially, a rebuttal of some of Lars Anderson's claims, but apparently it has been changed to private and is now unwatchable. (Sigh. YouTube.)
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