My novel is largely based around war and combat. I use it as a literary platform for struggle and excitement and such. It serves as a brilliant place to flesh out the characters, and I think it adds extra weight to the rest of the plot. However, from what fighting books I've read, the battles tend to be dreary and confusing. You have a difficult time grasping exactly what's happening, who's doing what, the pace of it all. Maybe this is just my stupidly minute coverage of other novels, but surely if these experts have difficulty with combat sequences then I certainly will. Another issue which makes itself especially known in chapters about fighting is the issue of re-using words. What I mean is, many punches are thrown in a fight. I cannot write "He punched her, she punched him, he punched her...". The best I can do i try and get creative with the way I write these things, even with a simple punching sequence. "He landed an offensive knock sharply into her cheek. She stumbled back, taking a moment to wipe blood from her now bleeding lip, before charging forward again with a furious posture. She made no hesitation to punch him back, in his shoulder, with all the strength she could fathom. But he did little more than shake her fist away, almost repelling it before it had landed, and threw another hit." You imagine writing paragraph after paragraph of this. You start to run out of vocabulary. And that's just for punching. I have three adequate words for 'helicopter'. 'Helicopter', 'chopper', and 'vehicle' if it has already been referenced of course. Writing up a scene with a helicopter fight can be an exhaustion headache. I could easily just look these sorts of words up in a thesaurus, but somehow I get the idea that I'd be using words that nobody would recognize, and it would come across as unnecessary pretense on my behalf. Besides, I'm convinced that solving your problem with a thesaurus is bad writing, because surely the problemn is something to do with my style, my context. Does anyone else suffer from this problem?