When I met with my critique group this past weekend, I submitted a major turning point scene from the novel. This was an action scene, which needed a lot of work.
So this week on the blog, I’m going to concentrate on action scenes. What makes them work? What are the characteristics of a good action scene?
- The events unfold in “real time,” allowing the reader to feel he is participating in the events of the scene
- The pace is quick, and there is some kind of physical movement.
- The protagonist is forced to make quick decisions or to react — to run on instinct rather than intellect.
- Unexpected consequences for the protagonist heighten the drama.
On Wednesday and Friday, I will share paragraphs from two YA novels by authors who I think do action scenes particularly well.
Plus, if any of you know any really good action scenes to study, please send them my way.