on Anne R. Allen:
Page-turners aren’t the only books that employ action.
In every story the characters’ actions drive the narrative forward. Without action, a book would be a series of scenes full of dialogue and description, a literary Dinner with Andre that would put the reader straight to sleep.
Writing Action, a book I co-wrote with my colleagues at the Writers Grotto, outlines several ways to infuse your short story or novel with action: