It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The amazing co-hosts for April 3 IWSG are: J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken! This month, I’m talking about action scenes. The IWSG Day question for April is:
If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (examples: fight scene / first kiss scene / death scene / chase scene / first chapter / middle chapter / end chapter, etc.)
Action scenes are really hard for me. I don’t even watch action movies, let alone write action scenes. They just aren’t a place of comfort for me. When I have to deal with action scenes, I follow a few basic rules that actually can make most scenes better.
Advice for Action Scenes
- No Adjectives. They will slow the scene down for no good reason.
- No Adverbs. Instead, use a better verb.
- Minimal dialogue or it will end up looking like a scene in a cheezy comic book
- Consider your timing. Does it actually take that long or that little time in real life?
- Don’t put a major action scene at the beginning of the book. First, make the readers care about the characters.
That’s about all the advice I have. Take it at your own risk, since I will be using that wish to write my action scenes. After all, They aren’t my strong suit.
By the Way
This April, I’m participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Every day (except Sundays) participants will post to their blogs something that pertains to a specific theme (usually) and corresponds to the letter of the alphabet assigned to that day. Last year my theme was “Creativity.” This year I’m expanding on that theme and challenge, using prompts from Brainsparker’s free Kickstart Course email series. Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker’s theme in 2019 is…Thinking Creatively
Here is today’s post: Discover New Connections.
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