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JoeOfAstora

When starting to write, I recommend to not worry about quality at all. Instead, focus on getting the events, ideas, characters, whatever down on the page. It's a lot easier to think about how the piece will read and how the reader will/ won't be able to follow the writing (especially action) if you've already put down in words everything you want to happen. Hope this helps and good luck :)


Romnomnombabies

This. It also really helps to find books that have action scenes you really like and take note of how they put it together. I recommend Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series if you like fantasy and haven't already readit before. Those books are packed full of fantasy action (the second era even has gun action) and I think he does a really good job of making scenes that feel more cinematic really fun to read :)


huffandpuff91

Second Brandon Sanderson! I'd also recommend Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger series, too. He writes action incredibly well with a fun sci-fi/horror twist


Thevish92

Will Wight’ Cradle series does a good job of writing action scenes using weapons and “ki like” magic techniques.


elburcho

The best way to learn how to write action parts is to practice writing them. The most important thing to understand as a 15 year old who wants to be a writer is that you have time to improve. At your age time is very much your friend, use it to write crap action scenes, then write bad action scenes, then write mediocre action scenes, then write decent action scenes, then write good action scenes and maybe one day you'll write great action scenes. It is nearly impossible to accept, but if you put the time in now, you'll be loving life at 25+


dietcheese

Just want to reiterate this to all young writers, and creatives in general: You’re gonna suck for awhile and that’s fine. It’s all about how much time you put in. There’s no magic spell and god-given talent may only go so far. The people that get there are the ones that keep at it, especially when they’re feeling down on themselves.


Chazzyphant

Maybe record yourself describing an action scene from a movie "live"--like as it happens, just narrate it as you literally watch it on your computer or wherever. Maybe slow it down 1/2 time. do this a couple times. What sticks out--what words did you use. What was your tone, volume, pitch (if you spoke fast and used lots of words, convey that with exclamations on the page and action verbs) Then transcribe your narration to the page and polish it up--take a look at how it "looks" on the page. Then go from there.


lavtodd

Oh, I like this, especially for someone better at telling stories verbally.


_dybbuk

This is a great idea that I will be stealing!


depressedpotato777

Just write it. It's more than likely going to be shit, that's the reality. But each day you'll improve, something will improve. Maybe it'll take awhile for anything to be actually good, but that's how it is. Eventually you'll get there.


RAyLV

This! I agree that when you're writing your first draft, it's better not to care about anything but getting the stuff from your mind to the page. Please don't worry about the order of events or how they're described. You can change and revise all that later. Although I must admit that I am not a writer of any kind, I just like writing for myself (and a friend) as a hobby.


mambotomato

Imagine you want to learn to tie a knot in a rope. You have an idea of what the knot should be like in your head, but it's been a while and your memory is fuzzy. What do you do? Do you just look at the rope until you are certain you have the knot visualized correctly, then tie it on the first try? No, you make an attempt, and if it doesn't work then you unravel it and try again. Nobody's watching, and your ideas about what the knot should be like only get stronger and clearer with each try.


TheRealDarthJarJar

I'd say _read_ action books. Take the writing style of these type of scenes or just the concept of how they're written and basically apply those to different scenes you'd like to write. So like, let's say you make a scene in your head, not necessarily for your story you're writing right now. So just a random one, write it (on pen or just type it in a document) and practice with it. What i also suggest is save the documents or just papers you wrote the scenes on. Because the stupid part of writing is that sometimes your brain is like magically writing amazing stuff. And sometimes your brain just doesn't feel like it, so if you have different scenes you have written and sometimes you really can't make stuff up you can inspire yourself with your older scene concepts! But mainly READ. The more you read the more you have that concept of different scenes in your head. Not to mention that your vocabulary keeps expanding. And the better your vocabulary is, the easier it is to write certain scenes that aren't necessarily easy to explain you know. English isn't my first language and I always struggle with writing scenes in a satisfying way. Hope this will help!


lavtodd

You might also have fun looking at videos of people critiquing action scenes in movies. It'd give you a feel for what's realistic and what's added flair.


ReyAstrea

Would recomend reading the kinds of things you want to write, and taking classes on creative writing.


Littlestorm02

Another thing to note is that I've tried writing some stories before, this is a [google doc](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DGqqNZwcpA-g1i_Qig6LksG7IaMNwObaYpX2yr446LE/edit) I used to lay out my ideas for a story I was gonna make a while back


Yvaelle

Looks like a solid start to outlining. I'm writing a cyberpunk dystopia in 2088 right now myself, for reference I put in just over a month of documenting my worldbuilding before I even started writing words for the chapters: that's excessive, but that's my process - everyone is different. You look like an Outliner, the same as me, build out the details of your world. What major events shape the future? Who are the characters that occupy this world? Remember to document them too. You'll start reaching a point where the chapters of their stories start writing themselves. As for writing action scenes - it's a very different skill than dialogue or description. Just as action is fast and punchy, your description of action needs to keep the readers similarly alert and caught off-guard (like the characters), while not being confusing. That's a difficult mix to master. Find books you enjoyed for their action, and go re-read how they were written. To practice, try transcribing action scenes you enjoyed word-for-word, just to get the feel for the cadence and language that you enjoy. Additionally, your chapter outlines are very sparse - they're good quick notes for your own thoughts - but you could benefit to flesh them out. List the important characters you expect to find in each chapter. Now add what each character wants to accomplish in the chapter - one just wants to drink their coffee in peace, one wants to kill another character, one wants to not be killed. That's setting up the conflict in the chapter. Conflict isn't always between characters - sometimes it's versus the circumstance or environment - be sure to mix it up: but there should be important conflicts in every chapter: they don't need to resolve, but they will drive the action. If your world has a lot of fighting in it, you may need to provide a reason why violence is the only answer (or the most common). Honor codes are the common historical answer: Bushido in Japan, Omerta in Italy, the Code of Manhood in the Scottish Highlands (and the Wild West by extension of Scottish immigrants), etc - they all share the same reasoning, injustice can only be paid for in blood or submission.


TheRealDarthJarJar

I'd say _read_ action books. Take the writing style of these type of scenes or just the concept of how they're written and basically apply those to different scenes you'd like to write. So like, let's say you make a scene in your head, not necessarily for your story you're writing right now. So just a random one, write it (on pen or just type it in a document) and practice with it. What i also suggest is save the documents or just papers you wrote the scenes on. Because the stupid part of writing is that sometimes your brain is like magically writing amazing stuff. And sometimes your brain just doesn't feel like it, so if you have different scenes you have written and sometimes you really can't make stuff up you can inspire yourself with your older scene concepts! But mainly READ. The more you read the more you have that concept of different scenes in your head. Not to mention that your vocabulary keeps expanding. And the better your vocabulary is, the easier it is to write certain scenes that aren't necessarily easy to explain you know. English isn't my first language and I always struggle with writing scenes in a satisfying way. Hope this will help!


Scrambled-Sigil

Don't worry about it TOO much and keep practicing at it; I'm also crud at fight scenes if it helps lmao. I personally try to keep the momentum going, describe a hit, describe a feint, maybe another hit; if there's enough time for an inner monologue or some dialogue, either they're taking a break, way too confident about their opponent, or it's clearly not that urgent of a fight. At best there should be space for a one-liner or a shouted command if you're going to add dialogue. Here's arguably my best example of a fight scene with superpowers in it; it likely needs polished but I hope it gives you a better idea https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J16XM74bCx4PwvCACNbHmiAFHF4qC44OrLUk7G42iBU/edit?usp=drivesdk


Boredemotion

I’ve been told my action scenes are pretty good. You know how to get that feedback? Write the scene, rewrite the scene to fix confusing bits, rewrite the scene to fix logical problem, rewrite the scene until it feels right, get someone else to read it and rewrite the scene with their input. Then rewrite it one more time to make is awesome. The important thing is that you start writing it and then keep at it. It’s also fine when writing anything to put in a place holder. Aka a sentence that’s like. Crystal swordman gets nearly dead by overwhelming number. Then proceed onto the rest of the book and circle back when you’re in a fighting mood. Very few people write fight scenes well in the first round, especially not sci-fi/fantasy where people might encounter odd tactics. Do yourself a favor and read western books for gunplay scenes written well. (Although some thrillers can have excellent gun battles also.) Don’t worry about comparing your scenes to theirs. They’re a totally different genre after all. Then keep on writing some more and editing. You might be surprised how good you can get at something with practice.


sunshinecygnet

Just write. The only way you will learn how to write these in a way that satisfies you is to actually write them, and then edit them to make them good. Stop worrying about it and just *write.*


Botsayswhat

As a practice excercise only: go find a video let's play of your fav action game and pick a scene to describe. Slow down play speed and pause as needed, but describe it from the POV of the fighter, a bystander, a sports announcer, and the opposition. Try and make each POV/voice unique and interesting, show us what each character experiences and how that is different from the others. Then do it again, and again. And most importantly, get feedback! (The easiest way is to throw it on a site like AO3 as fanfic of the game it's from.) Your big idea might need to wait until you've got the basics down to realize it, but that's fine. Lets mature along with your writing skills, and that's no bad thing.


Frydog42

Suggestion: Try getting the basics of your story down. Brandon Sanderson has some really amazing videos on writing. You could that to learn more about the core components. Then go watch a movie, read another book and focus on their action scenes. Slow them down, study the. Learn what makes then good, not good, interesting, not interesting etc…. Write yours, then look at others then revise yours and write more. Practice and evaluation


DryTechnician3364

Definitely focus on writing just to get the ideas on paper. Maybe you'd like to write it as a screenplay, more like a movie? Also, the best way to get good at writing action is by reading action. (That goes for any genre.) So make sure as you write, you're still reading something fun, and gleaning from it HOW they get their action scenes to flow. Or if the scene doesn't flow, look at why it doesn't and try to figure out how it could be fixed. I'm not huge on action oriented stories, but from what I have read, good fight scenes have short, sharp sentences and are fairly dry. They're very blunt and describe what's happening without much ornamentation. Try writing a scene or page and see if that works for you, if it feels like what you want to write. And if it doesn't, tweak it.


None0fYour8usiness

Read things that have fights similar to what you want to write to get a feel for how they're written.


greyzombie

I'd go pick up some action novels and skip around reading how they describe it. Hopefully that will inspire you to find your own voice.


ShowingAndTelling

Either read books to see how they do it or wing it. Those are your two options.


MudaMudaMudkip

Try imitating the writers whose action scenes you like. It won't make sense at first but try your best to understand why they do what they do what they do and you'll slowly begin to understand how to write them.


nonbog

To start with, do you read? Not on Reddit, I mean do you read prose fiction? Well either way, this sounds like an issue of not having read enough. Read some books with good action sequences (I recommend A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin) and pay attention to what they do, how they do it. Then try it yourself. This is the answer to 99% writing questions. The answer to the other 1% is “Just keep writing”. Good luck!


YoghurtFantastic3145

if you do want to read a book and you need to create like a 'stressful and energetic' area, you have to make shor sentences. example; now you're just bored by reading this, aren't you? The sentences are really long and have no action. Boring aren't they, or do you think they do have action? Now it's not. The sentences are shorter. You are excited. Start reading faster. Eager to know. What'll happen? I don't know. Do you? See? (I tried my best in the example btw)


velcrodynamite

I’m a pretty established writer with a few publications and a certificate in creative writing, and I still struggle with putting my vision into words sometimes or getting those action pieces sorted out. I’m super neurodivergent, so what works for me might not work for you, buttttt… For me, it helps to separate my story into eight main parts (look up the 8-part story structure), and then break those into smaller pieces like “beginning, middle, end”. If you’re stuck, you can use plot generators online to give you prompts and help the juices flow so you know how to fill those spaces. Then, just write. Don’t worry about grammar, word count, or any of that. Write for, say, an hour of your time, and see what you end up with. I once did this and fleshed out the entire plot of a novel with bits and pieces I didn’t even know were in my brain! Tl;dr version is: for plotting, focus on the big picture first and then focus on the details. As far as the writing itself, just do it. Everyone’s first drafts are trash, but you can’t edit a blank page.


GlitterGhostwriter

It’s a little fundamental advice wise but since there’s so much advice that can go into writing action scenes I’m just going to say… go read action scenes! So many of them! It may feel clunky now, but action isn’t just for film. A ton of authors that do action well in their stories and their books are a blue print for your own scenes. See what they’re doing, analyze why it feels smooth and engaging.


DonnyLucciano

There's a great series on YouTube called "On Writing" as it turns out one of his best episodes is on Fights in books, I highly recommend checking it out.


737_LEL

I think a good exercise for writing violent action/ fight scenes is to put two characters who despise each other in a room and write their dialogue like rough screenplay style: A: I hate hotdogs B: I hate you A: Why you devilish miscreant you! Once you've got a good flow going and your characters are like mega pissed off, see if you can take it beyond talking. In between dialogue add little action tags like, 'character B got up in A's face, fists clenched.' And then see if you can start expressing the rage in just action.


haloraptor

Writing for films doesn't require more talent than writing novels. If you want to write for films, do that. The two skillsets are very similar but they aren't quite the same, so if you want to do film writing, practise that. Separate from that, part of the problem is your age and relative inexperience. Read more books. Study screenplays. Read about how to structure stories. A lot of the problems that you'll have can be grouped together under "lack of experience with the medium". You're fifteen. You have a long time before anyone expects you to do anything. So enjoy yourself and don't worry overly much. Just experiment and try things out and don't expect to produce something you can sell.


Significant_Help_985

Do you remember the dialogue that you used to have when u used to play with action figures it’s no difference you have to let your imagination run free -detective Nick and his rookie partner was sitting in a unmarked squad car on a stakeout- they see the suspect pull up &get out looking over his shoulders-detective Nick hands the binoculars to the rookie and tells him to wait right here while I go take a closer look-quietly gets out the car and low-key follows his suspect at a distance to avoid being detection he follows the suspect to an abandoned warehouse- he hop’d on a wooden crate &peeps thru an old broken window -he’s sees the suspect repeatedly punching this man in the face while he was tied up in the chair- Detective nick quietly entered the warehouse careful not to make a sound or step on a squeaky floors-as he get closer he can hear the suspect telling the tied up man - since your family can’t afford to pay your ransom, I’ve no more need for you- the suspect pulls out a huge Rambo knife- detective nick pull out his 6shot revolver & Quietly pulls the hammer back- detective nick springs into action-points his gun &say hold it rite there drop the knife, slowly get down on your knees &put your hands up - suspect: ya nko I can’t do that , I have a much better idea why don’t you put down your gun and I think about not slicing his throat- as he holds the blade to his throat- suspect:u Nko I’ll do it - the detective throws his gun to the side well out of reach - suspect: you cops are so predictable . and then pushed the tide up man over in the chair he was tied up to -then the suspect starts to lung at the detective swinging his knife- the detective threw up his arm stopped the 1st stab &hit him with a 3piece combo -the suspect slashed the detective arm as the blood soaked his sleeve- he managed to take the knife away relying on his combat training back at the academy -the suspect cowardly breaks free &goes for the detective gun that he’d tossed to side -he gets it ,shoots at the detective- he misses as the detective ducks for cover he goes for the gun and his boot and shoots the suspect in the head dead -unties the man -his partners the rookie comes busting in with a gun in hand all late -although the detective almost died he told his partner the rookie I thought I told you to stay in the car! The END Normally when I write my dialogue and narration are done in two different inks black &blue ! I hope this example helps !


skribsbb

Action scenes are stories in and of themselves. Don't think about an action scene about what specifically happens. You may describe specific events, including: * Initiation of the fight * Turning points in the fight * Any specific cool moves you do want to showcase * Ending of the fight Other than that, describing the overall mood is better than describing the specific actions that are being taken. The way I typically describe this is the difference between describing every single punch, block, dodge, etc.; and writing "an overwhelming flurry of blows". The later being more concise while also doing a better job of conveying the emotion. Take this for example: *Jack and Bill were ambushed by a dozen men. But Jack and Bill were easily worth a dozen times more. When the dust settled, Jack and Bill were the only two left standing. Each had dispatched six of their assailants. The difference is, Jack fired a total of 5 shots, where Bill let loose 500.* I wouldn't keep every fight this brief. But in one paragraph, it tells you that both guys are badasses, but where one is incredibly efficient (Jack has 117% accuracy), the other achieves success through volume. This could be part of their characterization, such as if Jack is a by-the-book planner and Bill is a seat-of-your-pants kind of guy; or if Jack is married to his high school sweetheart and Bill is with a different woman every week.


Readyrex7

Do what I, just start writing. Then reread and revise.


Oberon_Swanson

when you think of ideas try thinking of words that go with them. make a brainstorming word cloud thing. when you think of a story your natural tendency might be images, video, sound, music. but stories are made out of words. so any time you think of something that is not words, when you write a story it won't match what's in your head. some good things for practice can be coming up with names. characters, places, things. come up with some chapter titles you think evoke the feeling your story has in your mind. also if you want to write books but your ideas don't fit then think about what you like to see in books and what ideas can fit those. another good exercise is to take a scene you liked in a story you read. then break each sentence into its based components. replace each noun and verb with stuff that could theoretically happen in one of your stories. look at the structure and flow of each paragraph. then look at it and see how you would smooth it out to REALLY fit into your story. you will learn a lot about how a scene is structured from doing this with just a couple scenes.


Entropy_Kid

That's about the time I started writing. I began in fan-fiction, which was a godsend. World was already built, laws already set. I got to focus exclusively with characters and writing ability. The stuff I wrote was terrible. But the feedback, support, and lessons I got from my community were the most important I ever received as a writer. To be perfectly honest, unless you're a prodigy, most youngish writers just don't have the experience to write good characters. I feel a lot of that comes from getting out in the world and meeting a variety of real people from real backgrounds and real dispositions. That's not to say you can't have good ideas, stories, or plots. But your life experiences play a heavy role in the way you grow as a writer. My recommendation would be the same I'd give to a young musician: keep practicing. You've got a lot of road ahead of you, lots of things to learn, lots of memories and friends to make. Many of those will find some kind of representation within your works. Right now you're in a particularly envious position of freedom, allowing you to hone the fundamentals. A few direct tips for fledging writers: 1- Try to write at least 500-1500ish words per day. Doesn't have to be a lot, but focus on the process of creating your ideas. How to introduce them, how to build them through a story, etc. 2- Always have a thesaurus open on your computer. If you ever see a word that doesn't fit well, or notice you use a specific word too much, look up some other ones. This will increase your verbal armory. 3- Keep reading for fun. Reading in your preferred genre is obvious, but I also recommend branching out into others. Just becauase you love fantasy books, doesn't mean you can't learn a thing or two about atmosphere from Thomas Ligotti or Stephen King. 4- Keep reading to learn. I recommend *The Anatomy of Story* by John Truby and *How Fiction Works* by James Woods. Obviously there are plenty more, but these two are an excellent jumping off point for a young writer looking to sharpen their literary claws. 5- Don't give up, but feel free to take breaks. We all burn out sometimes. Best of luck, padawan! And don't be impatient. If you stick with it and actively get better, you'll be a beast of a writer by the time you're 20. Your action scenes will be better than anyone else's.


SonokaGM

If your an aspiring musician at an early stage, you don't know how to play the music you want to create. You play a lot, study, listen, and one day, your output might match what was in your head all the time. You have turned thought and feeling into music. It works the same way with writing. If you stick to it, you will one day have developed the skills to write your story. Practice, write for no one and for everyone, its important that you do both, have fun doing it and despair over it, read a lot, read books about how to write novels and apply what you learn. You'll develop your original voice and you will know eventually how to write the story you want to write the way you want it.


crowqueen

Hi -- please use the idea brainstorming thread on Tuesday or Friday for advice on specific stories or projects. This includes: (not a exhaustive list) setting, character, subject matter, magic and power systems, sci-fi technology, 'how do I write X?' and anything directly connected with your story or what to put on your channel, blog etc. This includes asking for general advice but then following up with details of your story or project. Thanks!