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Writing action sequences for any novel, not just fantasy, can be both exciting and frustrating. Personally, I love writing action. Consequently, my fantasy novel has its fair share of action-packed fight and battle sequences ranging from one-on-one sword fights to large scale, all-out battles.
I actually think it is one of my excrutiatingly few strengths as a writer.
Here are some of my thoughts on it: Imagine the scene and let your imagination fly Some people prefer to choreograph the entire sequence in advance, like planning a dance.
For me, the preference is to just come up with a beginning and an end result — what is the situation at the beginning of the sequence, and what happens at the end of the sequence — and then fill in the middle with free, flowing writing.
Imagine the scene in your head like a movie. When I start writing a fight scene, all I know is who wins in the end. I let the image inside my head guide the action.
More often than not, I surprise myself with how smooth and innovative the sequence becomes.
Stuff the cool verbs A common problem with action scenes is the struggle to find the right verb to describe a particular action. Describe the moves of each character precisely and in the most efficient manner possible.
You can always come back with the thesaurus later and spend hours coming up with the best descriptive word possible. Variety is crucial If you have plenty of action sequences in your novel like meyou need to spice it up with variety. If every fight consisted of the same moves, it dulls down the action immediately.
I still prefer to use easier, more direct verbs and descriptions as much as possible. The faster your reader reads the sequence, the better it conveys the fast-paced nature of the action.
Using words they are unlikely to understand will just trip them up and retard the speed. Instead, try and come up with something new in each action sequence. As I said earlier, my novel consists of a wide range of combat situations, from the classic one-on-one encounter to the mass orgies.
But go even further than that. Try to use a variety of weapons. Different weapons will give rise to different opportunities in combat. Try and come up with combat and battle strategies which may require some research that allow one party to outsmart or trick the other.
Do they have quick reflexes? How can they utilise the equipment around them to their full advantage? Most of all, try and introduce an element of surprise to some but not all of the sequences — guide your reader in one direction and then twist them around in the other.
Sometimes this can come naturally when you are writing freely; other times you have to push it in afterwards during revision. Describing the other things In an action sequence, the most important thing is the action.
However, you cannot completely ignore the other elements. Perhaps you might want to give a clearer picture of the outward appearance of a character before, during and after a fight. There are good reasons for doing so. My opinion is that these things should be kept to a minimum in an action sequence.
Just be careful not to make the break too substantial, or it will sever the pace you have built up from the scene. Techniques and resources There are specific techniques that can be employed to speed up the pace of your action sequence, like shorter sentences and more paragraphs.
Do yourself a favour and read it. I am certainly going to be using it when revising all my action sequences in my second draft.
Here are a few others:Short sentences impart a fast pace, and action sequences want to be hectic.
Things happen fast and you don’t have a lot of time to react to them, and a string of short sentences expresses this frenzy by dragging the reader along with you. The official site for Star Wars, featuring the latest on Star Wars: Episode IX and The Mandalorian, as well as Star Wars video games, books, and more.
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 action scenes.
The plot was going to take a lot of work, the research would be arduous, the character development would drain me. I find writing action sequences my biggest strength in writing as I am always thinking of them.
I agree watching an action sequence is really good but if one is written well it’s just as good; for example in LOTR (the book) escaping the cave of . The most awkward thing to watch is an action sequence in which there is no stakes, the worst example being in which an army of Spartans win every single action sequence they take part in until suddenly losing in the final battle.
At no point is there a feeling that those Spartans are actually going to lose. Verizon LG K20V User Manual. trust agents, Screen pin, and app usage access. Tap Fingerprints, then enter your unlock sequence to manage your stored fingerprints, enable screen unlock with your fingerprint, enable content access with your fingerprint, and enable available payments.
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