A Thursday Thought
I had this thought yesterday and don’t feel like sitting on it for 2-3 months like some other thoughts I’ve come up with. (I’m keeping a list of blog topics I think of so that when I start blogging again I’m not like, “Oh shit, what do I talk about?”)
Last long weekend I probably had the most fun writing this than I’ve had with anything all year. That got me wondering why. Then I remembered that earlier this year or last year or sometime I had blogged about how I’d really gotten to dislike writing action scenes.
And wouldn’t you know, of the roughly 23,000 words I wrote last weekend, less than 3,000 probably contain any action. There’s a brief fight and car chase in Chapter 1 and then in Chapter 3 a fight between the mob and the resident heroes. The other 20,000 or so words are about our main character Louise and her relationships with her mother, her surrogate uncle, and her new coworkers, especially her hunky new boss Tony.
So I realized that I’m the Bizarro Michael Bay. I hate making things blow up. Maybe if I were directing movies (or directing special effects as it could be called) that would be more interesting but in writing explosions are boring. You can try to get all poetic and say flame blossomed out or whatever, but that still gets old after a while. The same for punching, kicking, chasing, etc. Maybe this stuff is fun to watch on the screen but it’s boring to write and only slightly less boring to read. My theory is that a book can’t really convey frenetic action as well as film because unless you’re a speed reader you have to read and digest a line at a time, flip the page, and so forth.
So whereas the first two stories I’ve written this year were more focused on action, most of what I wrote last weekend was focused on building the characters. That, at least for me, is the fun stuff because novels can convey inner lives much better than films, something I blogged about last year and may be one of the reruns, or may not; I don’t remember.
I think I’m going to be really disappointed when I start having to focus more on the action in the story.
That is all.