How to Write a Novel in 10 Steps: Step 6 – On the Offensive


The time space between each one of these posts is getting longer and longer, though in my defence I couldn’t remember step 6.

This step is all about action sequences, from fighting off an entire army in a Mech Suit to falling down the stairs (both of which I have written about). It’s all about pacing. Short sentences. Powerful words. That sort of thing. Long sentences seem to be slower and more laid back. Short sentences are short (obviously) and to the point. But it has to flow. Those short sentences should come together to flow like a long sentence with more pace. Word choice plays an important part here too. Instead of using a word like run, use something like sprint instead, it makes everything seem more urgent.

I’m afraid I’ve sort of run out of things to say on this topic, but for more information visit Elfwood Tutorials for some great hints and tips on bits I missed.

~ by Jess Wiles on February 15, 2011.

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