1/29/07 — Action scene today, in this case a fall into a crevasse, which is a giant crack in the surface of a glacier. (See example in photo below.) It was relatively easy writing on one level, there being lots going on and so plenty to talk about. But I was trying to capture more than just the physical chain of events. I also wanted to give a sense of the wild blurr of the fall, and the thoughts and feeling that flash through the main character’s mind in the midst of it. I guess you could call it action in slow motion. Challenging, but fun. Give it a try. Throw your character over the edge, then put yourself in their shoes (an essential skill for writers) and go for it!
Action scene today, in this case a
- by Tom Birdseye