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September 5, by Fiction Editor Beth Writing action in fiction music last modified September 6, As readers, we know that either plot or characters can be the driving force behind great stories. As writers, we sometimes forget that we need either plot or characters to be the driving force behind our stories.
The stories are well-crafted in terms of the mechanics, so it seems the writers were so involved in the technical issues that they forgot the elements that interest readers.
One weakness of many new writers is that they shirk away from strong events or actions to open their stories. While buildup is necessary in other parts of the story, and is a potent tool for ratcheting up tension and creating conflict, capturing readers from page one is almost a necessity in our day.
Books are in competition with many other forms of entertainment, entertainment that starts big and bold and moves up from there. Yes, some stories can begin slower than others.
But you do need a compelling opening. And you achieve a compelling story opening by introducing an unusual character or an eye-catching setting or by presenting a shocking action or dialogue rife with conflict. And do that at the top of your story.
Something has to happen in your stories. Something that makes the reader think or feel. Your story events and problems have to be more compelling, at least for a few hours, than job and family and hobbies.
You have to create events and characters so entrancing and real, so engrossing, that a reader will give up other pursuits to play in your fictional world. There are major events, plot twists and turns that direct the story into new paths and deeper developments. And there are common actions, gestures and physical movements and everyday actions that carry characters from one scene to the next.
And not only possible, but true. In fact, readers may quite likely toss aside books where the actions are implausible and the characters unbelievable. Action—Major Events Major events are those that push the story forward or into new directions.
The character is changed because of his choice, and the story moves into a new, inevitable, path. Actions at story opening Major action events are found at the beginning of the story—when a character is faced with something unusual in his day.
That first action, called by some the inciting incident, in turn leads to the character doing something. This something is another action.
And his story is off to a strong start. No other major event has to happen right away.
Instead, conflict and tension can be increased through minor actions and dialogue. This is a good place to introduce other characters and allow them to react to the opening events. Yet, you could follow a major action with several others. A character, especially one who can handle a lot, could be hit again and again until he responds in a way that surprises everyone but himself.10 Music Inspired Writing Prompts by Adriana Bielkova.
Creative prompts are the saviours of an imagination gone dry. If you listen to music for writing inspiration, why not try out some of our writing prompts based on music?
the tones. There are no right or wrong answers – the idea is to rid your mind of the thoughts. Keeping good action and pacing in writing requires allowing readers to inhabit your scenes. Great action and pace requires stripping your writing down to essential elements, so that nothing drags except in places where it’s meant to (for example, your main character is waiting in a .
Music Art & design TV & radio Stage Classical Games You don't want descriptions that bring the action, the flow of the story, to a standstill. Jun 16, · We're back with yet another Epic mix for your listening pleasure - this time, something for all you SciFi fans out there.
Enjoy as always! Tracklist. Jul 07, · The Bourne movies soundtracks are some of the best action-scene inspiration/writing music ever. I actually find certain songs in classical music really great for writing action scenes.
into book lovers, and show people the wonders of sarcasm, Batman, and chai tea. I write YA Christian Speculative Fiction and am currently re Author: Hannah Heath. How to Balance Action, Narrative and Dialogue in Your Novel By: Gloria Kempton | February 1, Most of the time, we want to balance our scenes using three elements of .