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Tips for Writing Action Scenes


Excellent advice at Story Empire from Mae Clair on the art of #writing action scenes.

Story Empire

Hi, SEers. You’re with Mae today for a look at writing action scenes. Of all the types of scenes that go into constructing a novel, I used to dread action the most. Not so much these days, but they’re still the scenes I tweak and re-tweak most during editing.

When writing an action scene, there are a few tips to keep in mind:

Use Short Sentences
Short sentences generally work best in action scenes. Keep your reader pumped up and immersed in the moment. Don’t leave them stumbling over a tangle of lengthy sentences. Intersperse longer sentences with dialogue and/or shorter sentences to propel the action forward.

dog running toward camera, with open mouth, all four paws in air above groundAvoid Weak Verbs
Actions scenes call for strong verbs. Avoid verbs that are overused (turned, pulled, looked, moved). A trick I use when I write action is to focus on the urgency of the moment. As an example, people don’t just turn or

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6 comments on “Tips for Writing Action Scenes

  1. Thanks so much for reblogging my Story Empire post, Jacquie. Much appreciated!

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  2. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader

    This is a goldmine jacquie! I’ve sent the link to the friend I am helping as she is stuck in some action scene 😉

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  3. Thank you for the reblog, Jacquie. Heading over to read!

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