I have been working on my main work in progress and have come to a dilemma. I need to write a chase scene. I want it to be exciting and meaningful all at the same time. I have been doing some research and looking around the interwebs information and advice on writing a good chase scene.
Some of the tips that I ran into several times said in many
different ways are:
Make each sentence simple and precise – Short sentences make the
reading flow much faster keeping the action flowing. It would be hard
to keep up the pulse pounding action while your character takes time
to jimmy open a window. Just smash it instead.
Use active verbs – [thing doing action] + [verb] + [thing
receiving action] Yeah I know it's not quite that simple, but what I
am trying to say is don't find an amazing euphemism for an explosion. Just have the car explode.
Avoid all qualifiers – Nearly and almost only count in
horseshoes and grenades. Something should either happen or not.
Stay on your character – Action scenes are sometimes so complex
we are tempted to describe the whole setting. What people really care
about most are your characters and what is happening to them.
I think these suggestions will help me write a pulse pounding
chase scene. Do you have any tips I didn't cover? Do you use a
completely different method? Please share, I would love to get all
the help I can before I dive into my first chase scene.
photo credit: jenny downing via photopin cc
photo credit: ˙Cаvin 〄 via photopin cc