Action Scenes

How do you write action scenes?

In order not to stop the excitement, how do you add all the stuff that goes along with it? Sights, sounds, colors. etc.

For me, the best way to do it is to plow right ahead with what's happening and how it is affecting my heroine. Later I'll go back and add the other things that need to be there.

My biggest problem always is moving along too fast--but it's difficult not to when you are attempting to put into words what you are seeing in your head.

When writing a mystery, there are always action scenes to be written. One thing I've found happens to me, is when I'm through, I feel tired, like I was the one who did all the stuff I wrote about.

What about you? How do you go about writing action scenes? How do they make you feel?



C. N. Nevets said…
There's a reason I write psychological suspense rather than traditional supsense thrillers. Writing action scenes is painful for me. If it's a one-off piece of action, no big deal. If it's a sequence of actions, like a full-on fight scene or something like that -- oh brother.

I'm a big-picture person so getting down to the details of a linear sequence of minute events is just not good for me. I tend to follow the Louis L'Amour school of spare descriptions, focusing on the main character's experience.

When I'm done, I'm usually seasick and a bit headachy, because it's a way of thinking that is unnatural for me.
I agree, you've brought up some good points.

old_guey said…
An action scene is cause-action-effect-reaction from the perspective of experience. Exhausting-yes. Bad memories-sometimes. But then, do we not write to lighten our souls?
Have you written something that will never be seen in print just to release the burden?

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