Action scenes: blegh

I hate writing them, and dislike reading them mostly, unless something is being revealed either about the story, or about the characters. Otherwise, whether it’s ‘exciting’ or not, it’s just getting in the way of my need to find out what happens next.

So, consequently, I try to make my action scenes either end as quickly as possible, or, have the action be showing us some new fact about the world, or some new fact about the characters, or some new fact about the plot. If it’s not doing any of these things, what is the point of it?

Tension for tension’s sake is annoying. If nothing has changed or been learned after the action scene is over, then what was the point of it other than to fill space?


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