12 Tips For Writing Action Scenes

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The goal of most writers is to make their readers want to turn the page and keep reading.  One way to do this is to include some action scenes.  Clive Cussler says, his goal is to keep all his readers up all night, because they couldn’t put down his book. 

Here are some tips that will help you keep your readers reading all night or at least that agent you intend to submit your novel to when you are done with your revisions.

Before you add an action scene, spend the time you need to make your protagonist a sympathetic and emotionally involved character. Laying that groundwork will have your readers rooting for your main character, when they reach those action scenes.

1.  Make sure the stakes justify the action.  It is easy to go over the top when writing an action scene in an attempt to be more thrilling.  Your main character should not go…

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