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Smith July 21, When I began writing my first crime novel, I knew it would be a challenge. But there was one aspect of writing that I was sure would be much easier than the rest: The plot was going to take a lot of work, the research would be arduous, the character development would drain me — but the action scenes were going to be a breeze.
That was before I wrote one. I heard each hit as it landed, saw the blood and cracked bones, felt the impact of fists and feet and knees and elbows.
The fight, in my mind, was glorious. Discouraged, I trashed the first draft and did some further research. The second, third and fourth drafts have been much better.
Parker have all written novels chock full of bad characters doing very bad things. Some scenes features intense, vivid descriptions; some have almost no description at all.
Some action scenes are fast and deadly, some are longer and suspenseful. Reading a variety of work will help inspire you to try a few different ways of writing a scene, and ultimately find the one that works best for you and your story.
For example, in his Spenser novels, Robert B. Parker often goes into great detail about what his characters wear, but his actions scenes are short and deadly. I hit Shelley under the jaw, and he stepped back and swung at me.
I shrugged my shoulder up and took the punch on it. I hit Shelley four times, three lefts and a right in the face.
He stumbled back, blood rushing from his nose. Reacher half turned and half stepped back, toward his door, a fluid quarter circle, shoulders and all, and like he knew they would the two guys moved toward him, faster than he was moving, off-script and involuntary, ready to grab him.
Reacher kept it going long enough to let their momentum establish, and then he whipped back through the reverse quarter circle toward them, by which time he was moving just as fast as they were, two hundred and fifty pounds about to collide head-on with four hundred, and he kept twisting and threw a long left hook at the left-hand guy.
The styles are different, but both are effective and entertaining. Keep the story moving Do you really need an action scene at that particular point in the story? Good writers know how to use action effectively to advance their story.
The scene also forces the reader to ask questions that enhance the enjoyment of the rest of the novel. The six soldiers, watching, were too astonished to move.
The small-seeming cowman kicked Dixon so hard in the face that it seemed his head would fly off. Then the man stood over Dixon, who spat out blood and teeth. When Dixon struggled to his feet, the smaller man immediately knocked him down again and then ground his face into the dirt with a boot.
Does it belong in the story at all?
Does it move the plot along? Will my readers learn anything about the character s because of it? If not, cut it out — or move it to another place in your story.
If I made my hero too invincible, my audience would see right through me, but how to bring intense, bloody reality to the slings and arrows my hero was sure to endure? I used to work as a bouncer, so I am very familiar with what violence looks and feels like and I tried to bring that to my action scenes.
I have never seen anyone get shot thank goodness! South African novelist Deon Meyer shadows police officers and interviews forensics experts to help him create scenes like this one, from Dead Before Dying.
The shot thundered across the beach, an echo of the waves. The lead bullet broke his bottom right incisor, tore through his palate, just above his upper teeth, punched through the lower bone of his eye socket, and broke through the skin just in front of his left ear.
He staggered back, then dropped down into a sitting position. Pain shot through his head. The blood dripped warmly down his cheek.For the past 51 weeks, this blog has shared exercises based on some of the best writing from the most interesting, best-written stories, novels, and essays of the year.
Here are twelve of those exercises to give your writing momentum as we enter Jan 30, · Some writing teachers make a rule for stories submitted in workshop: No dreams. No dream sequences. They make this rule because badly written dreams are all the same.
They “show” a character’s inner torments/thoughts rather than artfully imbedding them into the narrative. But if . Knowing how to write a scene is a crucial skill for writing a novel. Scenes are the basic building blocks of plot. Read this guide for tips on writing scenes, including how to start and end scenes, as well as scene-planning and structuring tips.
Aug 24, · How to Write Fight Scenes. In this Article: Article Summary Preparing to Write the Scene Writing a First Draft Sample Fight Scenes Community Q&A Fight scenes can be tricky territory for writers.
A good fight scene should be action packed and should not slow down the drama of the story as a whole. Keep your fight scenes engaging by making the action hard, fast, and packed with just enough detail%(39).
Jan 30, · Some writing teachers make a rule for stories submitted in workshop: No dreams. No dream sequences. They make this rule because badly written dreams are all the same. They “show” a character’s inner torments/thoughts rather than artfully imbedding them into the narrative.
But if fiction is, in. Jun 17, · Action sequences are among the most exciting, tense parts of the story when properly executed; fight scenes, battles, chases, break outs, and all manner of things fast paced and physical.
They're vital for both rising action and climax, and they add life and interest to the story. Below are a couple of tips for polishing.