Last month we discussed four major action story types that need to die. Examples of what I like to call “cliché cancer” that are so negative to the soul of your story that no amount of medication (creative subplots), surgery (major editing) or radiation treatment (supercharging the plot with unexpected twists and surprises) can bring your story back into a healthy, energized balance. It might occasionally be possible to get a new spin out of these diseases, but realistically, you’re usually better off starting with a new idea.
I’m a huge fan of action. You might say I’m a junkie. I read it, I watch it, I talk about it, I write it, and sometimes, when I’m feeling especially delusional, I even fantasize that I live it (racing a four-cylinder counts, right?).
To me, action in a story is a lot more than just gunsmoke. Good action is a portal. It takes us into the soul of humanity and reveals the human struggle on a level that drama and conversation simply can’t.Read More