We’re thrilled to announce the publication of “How to Write Your Characters’ Actions with Clarity,” our own Harrison Demchick’s latest article for Helping Writers Become Authors.
The article addresses how to write clear action for better scenes. In particular, it looks at some of the challenges you create for your readers when you don’t know how to write clear action for your characters. Here’s a brief excerpt:
“When I talk about action, I don’t just mean fast car chases or massive explosions. I mean any and all action, like the simple act of walking into the kitchen to boil a cup of tea. A story is based upon action big and small, and your readers’ investment in your story has a lot to do with their ability to imagine the action you describe.
But writing action—action that isn’t jerky and inconsistent like an old film, but rather clear and effective—is not as easy as it sounds. In fact, it’s one of the greatest challenges faced by authors. As a book editor I see such struggles frequently, and they take on a few different forms.”
Visit K.M Weiland’s website to read the full article and find out what some of those forms are.
And don’t forget to grab your free checklist on how to write clear action for better scenes.
K.M. Weiland is the host of Helping Writers Become Authors. She lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY, NIEA, and Lyra Award-winning and internationally published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic, the historical/dieselpunk adventure Storming, the portal fantasy Dreamlander, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the western A Man Called Outlaw. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning blog. She makes her home in western Nebraska.
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