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June 17, Author: Below are a couple of tips for polishing your action, keeping it tight, and making it read like the cinematic badassery that you envisioned. What they means is that you describe things as they happen.
There are two parts of this: No Prolonged Internal Monologues Internal monologues pull the characters away from the action. As such, they dramatically slow down the pace of the scene. You want your action to be fast paced.
Internal monologues also cut down on urgency. Keep your character in the moment. I wish to be alone with my thoughts. No summary narration Summary narration is when a prolonged sequence of events is condensed into a brief summary of what happened, rather than playing out in its entirety.
If something happens in summary narration, it looks like this: Jessica and Alice exchanged blows. If it happens in scene, we see Jessica wind her hand back and punch Alice.
We see Alice react.
The reader actually gets to see the exchange. Summary narration also suggests that some time has passed and nothing notable has occurred in that interval.
Putting the action into scene allows you to keep the tension high and keep the reader present. The story does not take place in a vacuum.
Your character is interacting with everything around them. Follow Through If the character does something, follow through.
This makes the actions feel more concrete. It enables the characters to interact with the world around them, thus giving the characters a sense of physicality and making their actions have a bigger impact. It also makes things easier for readers to visualize. Like following through with actions, using the setting gives your characters a chance to interact with their environment.
Action is a great way of establishing setting in general, because showing the way that characters interact with their surroundings allows you to reveal the setting naturally without large blocks of description.
More so, you can develop the setting through the way that the characters change it. Leaving physical reminders of their fight for later anchors the story around it and makes the effects of the action sequence seem more permanent.
Conservation of Detail Action sequences do strange things to conservation of detail. On the other, too much detail gets in the way of the story and stops action from happening.
Focus on efficient descriptions. Figure out what you want the readers to see, and try to describe it as efficiently as possible.
Large blocks of description slow the story down. Incorporating description into action gives an image that helps readers picture the action without getting in the way of pacing. Consider what details the POV character would be likely to pick up on. They may notice that the sword is inscribed.
They are unlikely to notice the latin motto inscribed on the sword, unless they get very, very close. Once you put information out, keep it consistent. Since action sequences tend to unfold across a space, the layout of your setting becomes relevant. Keep a mental map of the environment or a physical map so that you can plant details about potential obstacles, tools, or escape routes before they become plot relevant.
Join us Monday as the undistilled badassery continues with Action Sequences Pt.[bctt tweet=”Action should propel your story forward and have consequences for your characters.”] For more information on writing a great fight scene, check out Joanna Penn’s free interview with martial artist and author Alan Baxter, Alan’s book Write the Fight Right, or the How To Write Fight Scenes Masterclass With Alan Baxter.
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