Some Ideas for Writing "Action Fiction"
By Bruce L. Cook
Are you writing action fiction?
More specifically, are you making the mistake of writing fiction for action only? If so, you probably suffer a missing ingredient common to stories that just can't get off the ground.
Try this... Version 1: "William moved to the alcove and flung open the door."
That's not bad but it fails to evoke a necessary image.
Here's an alternative... Version 2: William crossed the brick walkway, noting steep shadows the sunset cast on the iron sign. It read Pericolo for danger, but he proceeded into an alcove with pungent scents of mold and mildew. Hesitating, he scrutinized an oaken doorway with gaps on its rough surface. He reached tentatively for the blue- mold covered knob, gripped it tightly, and flung the door open.
To a new author the latter version may appear wasteful – just too may adjectives. Why so many words just to have your protagonist open a door?
However, compare the mental image of version 2. If you agree that it sparks a more unforgettable scene, consider it the better example. For one thing, it sets the scene for further conflict later on. Secondly, since it successfully creates a strong image, it involves the reader in the scene - unlike the dispassionate sense in version 1.
When writing fiction, I urge you to carefully visualize each action in your mind and fully describe it. This may seem less active. But it is supremely more effective, and that's what fiction writers strive for.
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