To be honest, I love writing action scenes. For me, they are my second favourite thing to write - after dialogue (yes, I know, most people hate dialogue but hey ho, I guess I'm just weird!). I love writing them because I like to see the way it changes my writing style compared to other areas of the book. I use shorter sentences, less flowery words and go for more hard hitting, heart-in-your-throat vocabulary. I also love for drama to unfold in an action sequence as well, and if you read my books (shameless plug!) then you'll know that I love mixing it with witty banter as well. But when I approach and action scene, these are the things I think about.
Generally I will try to address all of these things in the plotting stage, as making changes in the plotting stage is a heck of a lot easier than when you've already written the scene. In the Then when I'm happy with my plot, what I'll do is map out blow-for-blow how the action will happen and some banter that might come as a result. Then I will try and write the scene actually in the plot. When it comes to the first draft most of it will change, but it allows me then to focus on the thrill, emotion and fluidity of the read rather than the skeletal structure of the action which makes for a more cohesive first draft. But hey, that's just my method. Everyone should experiement to find what works for them.
Any who that's all from me this week. I hope you all had positive and productive weeks. I'll see you all next week where I'll show you my YALC haul! :)
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