on Writers Helping Writers:
Did you know that when you read a novel, your brain thinks you’re experiencing the events? “The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life,” according to this article in The New York Times. No wonder we are hooked by action sequences. We think we are literally fighting for our own lives!
But this only works if the scene is well written. As an editor and writer specializing in speculative fiction, I am constantly reading, editing, and thinking about action scenes. They may be a blast to read, but they can be one of the trickiest sequences to write. These six tips can help you write more compelling action scenes.