Right-of-way: rules for awarding the point in the event of a double touch in foil or sabre. (Dictionary definition)
Right of Way is a complex and interesting concept in fencing foil and saber. Right of way is meant to make fencing more realistic in the sense that once and attacker has established an attack, their opponent must push their attack off-line (off-target), bind their blade, or parry before attacking. In other words, it keeps fencing from being just two people poking each other without consequences. The opponent (the non-attacker) cannot simply impale themselves on the other person's blade and jab the point of their sword in and get a point. That is what right of way is meant to stop.
Here's a good instructional video (less than 3 minutes) about right of way:
So, how in the world does one get right of way if their opponent has established a line of attack?
They parry, bind, beat their opponent's blade off-line, and then riposte.
Riposte: an offensive action made immediately after a parry of the opponent's attack.
A riposte is basically a secondary attack. A fencing bout goes from attack, to parry-riposte, to parry-riposte, in a long flowing sequence of events. Some of those "parries" are actually beats, binds, and the like, but they are essentially some kind of defensive move that leads back into an offensive move - a riposte.
Another great video (only 2:12 minutes)
Love how she states again and again, that every parry is an opportunity to take the attack, or right of way!
Other "R" fencing terms:
Weren't those great videos? I finally feel like I found some great demonstrations!
Happy A to Z!
Remember, every parry is an opportunity to riposte, or take the attack!
How could that work in writing and life?
Well, I see it in this way: every setback is an opportunity to step forward and take back the initiative! Every time I get writer's block, I can defend myself against it (parry), and get my hands back to typing (the riposte - taking back of the attack).