Lights, Camera, Action!

One of my favourite parts to writing is a good action scene. These are the moments for me that bring my writing alive, going from the build up and character arcs, resulting in a full on action sequence.

All though they may be one of my favourite parts of writing, I also find them one of the hardest things to write. I think there is a fine line between writing something that truly captivates your audience, making them feel every punch thrown and the resulting connection and going way over the top and just writing a arm throwing frenzy.

One thing I try to think about when writing an action sequence is ,

What will make this believable and realistic?

What will have my audience following along rather than getting lost in the chaos?

One other thing I think about is what does the action sequence bring to the overall story and the overall end game of the piece, this is very important when it comes to a fully rounded story, rather than a great story with a few thrown in scenes.

I often find them difficult because they are not something that you can just freely right without real thought. These scenes need to be planned from start to finish, taking all the movements before the scene, working out where the scene will be at the end of it all and then making that transition through the action.

I love writing them as it is so fun bringing action to life and creating a situation between characters, while also injecting some excitement into the story.

How do you all feel about writing action scenes?

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