There are various elements that make up a great story—plot, story development, character growth, depth. All of these contribute to turning a good story into a great story. However, one more element that can spice up your story is a good action scene. But how do you write a good action scene?
Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! Chuck Sambuchino October 7, Conflict, as we all know, is the lifeblood of a story.
And nothing quite epitomizes raw conflict like a thrilling fight scene. Her novel is an upper YA science fiction story about a young man battling to make it to the top in the world of zero-gravity prizefighting amid brewing interplanetary conflict between Earth and Mars.
Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. A professed action movie aficionado and combat sports fan, Fonda has been training in martial arts since she was a teenager and holds black belts in karate and kung fu.
No matter at what point they occur in a story, fight scenes are like blocks of C-4 plastic explosive.
They pack a hell of lot of energy. They build and release tension in a powerful burst. Used properly, they rivet attention and propel your story forward. Overused, they are noisy and deadening.
Fights Must Serve a Narrative Purpose For a fight to have meaning, it must be essential to your story. Ask yourself what the purpose of the fight scene is.
Is it to reveal character?
To set up a crucial plot point that will have ramifications later? To create motivations for the protagonist or the antagonist? Write the action sequence with a focus on that goal. If you remove the fight scene, does the storyline completely fall apart? If your story is unaffected by the outcome of the fight, then your fight scene is unnecessary.
Fights are About Character and Emotion It is rarely a good idea to start a story with a battle. Without knowing who the combatants are, without understanding what they are fighting for, and why we should care, fights are nothing but noise. For most people, the emotional hurdle required to resort to physical violence is high, so how your character is feeling internally and why they are fighting is more important to the story than the specifics of the fight itself.
He attacked with a big right overhand punch. How could David have done this to him? An animal snarl clawed its way up his throat. He slammed David into the wall.
Then he was burying punches, over and over again. The first version is more technically explicit. But which one feels more immediate? Which feels like it has higher personal stakes? A straightforward blow-by-blow recounting of a fight is dry. What kind of feeling do you want to evoke in your fight scene?
It could be desperation, humiliation, malice, grace, beauty, loyalty, betrayal, and so many other things. Use your skill as a writer to evoke those notes.
It says something about the fighters. From whose point of view do you want the reader to view the action? Consider distance as well. At other times, it can be brutally effective to draw back and take in the violence at a remove, giving it the stark impact of a war photograph. In situations of extreme stress, time seems to slow down.
On the other hand, fights in real life happen blisteringly fast. Use short, choppy words and sentences to speed up action, or slow it down by pausing on details or lengthening prose.
Think of the rapid action, intercut with stylistic slow motion exemplified by movies like The Matrix.Conflict, as we all know, is the lifeblood of a story.
And nothing quite epitomizes raw conflict like a thrilling fight scene. If you’re like me, you crave those climactic moments in prose or on the screen, when, the hero and villain finally find themselves facing each other, circling, ready to .
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