Juana Estrella
Writing An Effective Action Scene

thedancingwriter:

I’m going to admit that I really struggle with action scenes. Or struggled, depending on what my publisher says about the myriad of actions scenes I have sprinkled throughout the sequel to When Stars Die.

My publisher really had to tear up the one action chapter I had in the climax of When Stars Die. Amelia spent too much time personally reflecting on things while fighting a ruthless Shadowman (dead witch), trying to kill her so she can’t stop him from getting revenge on the people who murdered him— people who kill witches in the first place. This will not contain any spoilers to When Stars Die. The chapter was originally nine pages. Now it is six.

  1. Try to minimize character introspection, or try not to use it at all. Your characters are fighting to survive, so they should only concentrate on the immediate action going on around them. They’re not exactly going to concentrate on the human condition of the reason that they’re fighting, which is what I originally did when Amelia was fighting Sash.
  2. Try to keep sentences short and paragraphs short. Action scenes are fast paced. Wordy sentences and lengthy paragraphs can slow the pacing.
  3. Keep dialogue interactions short. This is all about the action, the exposition, the immediacy of what is going on around the characters. Within the first two pages of the chapter involving the fight between Sash and Amelia, I had one part where the dialogue was too drawn out, so I trimmed down the dialogue, only concentrating on the most important points to lead up to the action. Lengthy dialogue can slow the pacing. Plus, realistically, you wouldn’t stop in the middle of a fight to start engaging in some conversation with your enemy.
  4. Quick reactions. If your protagonist’s options of surviving start to dwindle, force the protagonist to make a quick decision. Don’t spend even five sentences having your protagonist trying to plan out what to do. Realistically, your protagonist will not have that time.
  5. Physical movements. This goes back to concentrating on immediacy. Really concentrate on the physical actions taking place, like running, punching, kicking, whatever. Break it up with some dialogue, too. Anything to keep it interesting.
  6. Create unexpected consequences. This isn’t a spoiler, because everyone, when reading a genre book that includes action, expects some antagonists to die. But Amelia isn’t the one to kill Sash. In fact, she feels sorry for him and is very hesitant to do so.

Hopefully these points will help you write some effective action scenes. Here is a short paragraph from the chapter between Sash and Amelia from When Stars Die that conveys some of the elements above:

"I raise my hand and shove it in Sash’s face (there is fire on her palm). He screams and drops me on to the dirt. I scramble away, back toward Theosodore. The angry fire races beneath my skin, thirsting to be used again. I keep my attention on it, feeding my anger and channeling it into the heat (her skin is heated).”

I am going to do a blog post every other day on my Tumblr. My next blog post will concentrate on creating effective dialogue.

Re-blogs appreciated, especially if you know other writers who need this advice.

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Ñe yo te debo como 20 cosas cuando me desocupe *supongo que el mes que viene* Me pondré al día OTL


Yo realmente pensaba que te debía mas, pero resulta que no XD Pagué caaaasi todas mis cuentas. Casi es la palabra clave.

Que guay! No puedo decir que no me emociona!

ps, en nota aparte, omg hace años que no cruzamos huella.

sigue en pie eso de las canciones? Uruguay/Chile
Anónimo

cockismybusiness:

juanitastar:

No es que me olvidara de esto, es que realmente me tomaste fuera de base!

So, por lo poco que sé de ellos juntos…

This song, for friendship.

Blue lips, for dramatic angust.Y porque ambos tienen azul en sus banderas. Simple, lo sé.

Umbrella, for some reason. Cualquier versión, pero en este caso “rock?” version.

Si tienes alguna diferente, tu dime xD Acepto sugerencias.

SCREAMS LIKE A BITCH I AM SO INVESTED IN THIS PAIRING KJANFSKJDFG

Follow your heart!  Scream with gusto XD

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Yo me tomo el asunto de los trades MUY en serio. no me gusta que me dejen plantada, pero tampoco me gusta plantar a la gente. En especial cuando hay mucho tiempo de sobra (hey, por mas uni que tenga, no deja de ser verdad que gasto mucho tiempo libre haciendo nada…por ejemplo, escribiendo esto).

So, Estoy haciendo una lista de trades que debo, nomás para tener una referencia por razones que doy abajo. Si no ves tu nombre aquí, pero tenemos algo, pleeeeeease…dimelo. Porque es probable que tenga el wip por algún lado.

Anyway y los nominados son..
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Better than wine | Latin Hetalia | JamHaití

elcucotecomera:

Pareja: crack pairing caribeño Jamaica (Alexander) / Haití (René)

Advertencias: R+.Temas religiosos, menciones de racismo, de homofobia, un poco de RD bashing por parte de René.

Resumen: Cuando se coge a hombres a Alex le gustan los de verdad, los que no le piden ni que se ponga bca abajo, ni que se van de la boca

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You know, is kind of nice to see René talking relaxed and friendlly. My René always turn out to be a massive sarcastic bitch xD (I just love that part, ok)

Gosh Cuco, este tema está guay desde el título hasta el punto final.

La phsique de Alex y homo things es algo genial de leer, he de decir. Y la frotagge scene fue totalmente yummy♥

Also, Cómo países! Ese stuff siempre es bienvenido.

Cazadores Y Brujos (12/12)

Título: Cazadores Y Brujos.
Autor: imagejuanita_star
Pareja o personajes:Montones.
Género: Fantasía, AU, drama, comedia.
Advertencias: Violencia, Yaoi. Muerte de personaje.
Clasificación: Mayores.
Resumen:Sin mediar palabras y sin un conflicto que pudiese definirse como la causa inicial, los brujos y los humanos entraron en guerra.
Notas: Ending is ending. Y con esto cierra el primer “arc” de este fanfiction. Primero y posiblemente ultimo en mucho tiempo xD

Calma

 

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