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Action/Adventure: December 18, 2012 Issue [#5417]


 This week: Move It! Move It!
  Edited by: Kate ~ Writing and Reading
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         Greetings! Welcome to this week's edition of the WDC Action & Adventure Newsletter.

         Action, by definition, is movement. Action and Adventure stories and poems therefore are intense, forceful and maybe violent. The action keeps your reader involved, on edge, and needing (not just wanting) to keep reading ~ and moving from one place to another.

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         Greetings, fellow adventurers! We know action scenes are tactile, vivid, engaging the senses to make your reader a part of the story or poem; ratcheting up the pace, making him/her need ot turn the page or continue to the next stanza. While writing an action scene, do you sometimes find yourself squeezing the words from your pen, or pounding them out of the keyboard? Does your body sometimes tense up, breath speed up, along with that of your characters?

         Then, at other times, do you sometimes get lost along the way? One vivid scene in your adventure comes to a close and another waits in the wings, How to connect them so that your reader stays absorbed in the story, needing to turn the page to continue the adventure. How to keep the chain of events and interactions going for your characters and readers.

         Transitions provide such links between chapters, scenes, stanzas, even paragraphs. In action/adventure stories and verse, when effectively used, they create a link between settings, direct the reader's (and sometimes the character's) attention to the action about to take place or a foreshadowed reason for an action.

         Transitions can direct the reader's attention with just a few words ~

*Bullet*Move your reader from one locale to another.
*Bullet*Move your reader through time - recalling the past or foreshadowing future action.
*Bullet*Change point of view or perspective.
*Bullet*Shift the tone or mood, picking up the pace or probing with a bit more depth.
*Bullet*Conclude one action.
*Bullet*Create associations in the reader's mind.

         Now, how do we apply transitions to move the action from one place to another, or pass the ball from one character to another, while keeping the images tight and vivid, making our readers need to turn the page and continue the adventure.

         Time ~ via adverbs such as then, now, meanwhile, later, once again or adverb sentences such as, "Five years gone by with the goal no nearer."

         Place - either with single words or phrases, or sentences, such as here, there, beyond, Inside the cabin.{/ii} Also, movement from one place to another - action - "I closed the door, leaving the train and all things familiar, for the vast open green of the forest." Here also in a longer piece, consider using space or a chapter break to prepare your reader for another locale or perspective.

         Point of view or perspective. Changing from first person to third-person, for example, to introduce a change of venue or perception for the adventurer by introducing a battle or vivid interaction with new surroundings. Changing perspective, while holding the same point of view, from the adventurer to perhaps the antagonists's eye and hand.

         Focus - either on a comparison of what's different or what's the same in a different locale. For example, "Sam was sweating profusely despite the sudden drop in temperature as the plane nosedived into the snow bank." Here we focused on Sam's tension/attitude while moving him to another locale - action!

         Emphasis - comparing or contrasting one thing to another - i.e., further, but, yet, not only, in fact This would emphasize what is to follow immediately afterwards.

         I think these are the most effective transitions in adventure writing, drawing the reader deeper into the action, keeping him/her turning the page to see what will happen next.

         Meanwhile, we can scroll down and embark on some adventures with fellow writers in our Community. See, a transition here inviting further action *Wink*

Embark on and engage some Adventures devised by members of our Community for your reading ~ and reviewing ~ pleasure *Smile*

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Meet the Fast and Furious  (18+)
You wander into the world of street racing. What adventures await you?
#1772720 by Nick Knight

The Writer's Cramp  (13+)
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#333655 by Sophy

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         Thank you for sharing this exploration with me. My wishes for active, fun adventures in words as we each embark this Yuletide on the new year Gregorian and Mayan *Xmastree*

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