A Writer's Journey

July 21, 2011

Lights…Camera…ACTION!

Filed under: journey,writing — mackenziew @ 4:00 am
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No, I’m not thinking that my book will be turned into a movie. That would be a wonderful outcome, though.

No, I’m talking about action sequences. They can be difficult to write. It’s even there in my writing book from my fiction class in college. My professor had us practice writing action scenes. I wrote one in my short story “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” It can be done.

The secret is in pacing. That seems to be the secret to a lot, doesn’t it? Movies, TV shows, plays, etc. We’ve all seen it. A movie example I give for excellent pacing is “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” It doesn’t drag and manages to keep you enthralled with the plot. My father, when we saw it, didn’t take one sip of his soda. I’ve read stories, namely fan fictions, where the action sequences bring the story to a complete stop. These authors haven’t gotten the hand of pacing.

How do you manage pacing as a writer? One step is sentence length. Action sequences are quick, fast-paced. So sentences should be short. They should be in the active voice. Draw the reader into the action.

The trick is to keep practicing. You should also read other authors who have written action sequences. For example, I’m currently reading Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander.” The main character, Claire, lands in the middle of a skirmish at one point. Gabaldon writes the action scenes wonderfully.

Action scenes aren’t something to fear. You just need to tackle them head on.

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