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How to Write an Action Scene: So when people ask me how to write a good action scene, I never really knew how to answer it. But I got asked this question enough that I wanted to be able to give it a semi-concrete answer.
But first, some story context. In the series, my main character Jocelyn was kidnapped by a North Korean spy agency when she was eight. This picks up in an empty office building, during their attempted escape from his captors. Excerpt from Crossing the Line: We made it to the third floor before we ran into any real problems.
The door to the floor opened as we were coming up the steps below it. I stopped quickly and flattened Scorpion against the wall. He moved easily and had enough instincts to stay perfectly still.
The door opened out, shielding us from the guard. He took the hint. I got close to the door and waited until the guy started to cross the threshold. Then I slammed it shut, trapping his head.
He fell hard, and one of his friends came charging after us. He pushed a button on his radio and told the rest that he had found the intruder. I spun into the floor and ran down the hallway at him.
He fired off a few shots. I opened one of the empty office doors and ducked behind it, pulling out my gun and shooting enough rounds to get him to back up.
I leaned on my knees, feeling short of breath and more winded than I should have. I grabbed one last gulp of air, then turned and ran back to the stairwell before he could get his bearings.
He would be right on our trail and there was still another guard to worry about. I kicked the unconscious guard out of the way and hurried back to Scorpion. I was shocked he cared. I pulled him down the hall and into one of the offices. I needed a minute—or even a second—to catch my breath. He kept his voice low.
This had never happened to me in the field. I stepped in front of him. Just stay with me, okay? I grasped his wrist again and led him out the office, down the hallway, then out the other end into the stairwell on the opposite side of the building.
Then guided him back out the door and up the steps. We made it up only one floor—six from the roof—before we ran into more trouble. The guard who had shot at me earlier burst through the door with his gun out.
I pushed Scorpion down, then grabbed the railing and windmilled my legs into the guard. It was enough to knock down his gun and stun him momentarily. I dropped back to the ground and grabbed the gun before he could get himself together.
I quickly fired two shots, one into each thigh, which would be enough to stop him from getting to us.
I pulled Scorpion up. He got on his feet quickly and latched on to my elbow. I pushed my comm. He swiveled his head in my direction, his teary eyes as red as ever.Write Tip: 10 Tips For Writing Good Action Scenes Published on July 17, February 23, by admin I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a fan of action.
Aug 24, · Expert Reviewed. How to Write Fight Scenes. Three Parts: 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 85%(28). What if someone went through the biggest and best blogs on the internet, and pulled out the very best-of-the best tips for fiction writers?
Keep reading for the first 25 of the best fiction writing tips . Jerz > Writing > General Creative Writing Tips [ Poetry | Fiction ]. Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction. A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book.
A short story conserves characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict, and. Action scenes impel your protagonist to act, reveal her capacity to deal with problems, and affect future events in the story.
Writing fight scenes is often an important task for a fantasy author. Some writers find they come naturally. Others find them daunting, and can’t think of anything worse. Whichever category you fall into, it’s an important skill to master because audiences love to read them.
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