Which, believe it or not, my novels have been sadly lacking in lately.
Usually, I have actions scenes coming out of my ears. I love fight scenes, so there are plenty of those, plus my characters running to rescue someone or running away from someone, etc, etc. My typical problem is trying to get my characters to slow down long enough to exchange information and make a plan to defeat the villain.
Not so much lately. And again, Darkglass has been the problem child. I suppose when you start out with a character who is an underdog and a bit of a wimp, he’s going to prefer talking things out rather than bashing someone over the head. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve read him wrong the last few months–now he’s telling me that he really is a fighter, just not against certain people at first. So I have a couple of ideas on how to go back and revamp the beginning of the book, and it should not only create a little more sympathy for the character, but should introduce the world and its magic system a bit better.
But I don’t like going back and reworking a book until I have the first draft done, which circles me back around to action. It’s been like pulling teeth to get my character to do anything other than sit around and talk for the past few days. And while I enjoy writing snarky, subtext-laden, plot-enhancing dialogue as much as the next writer…at some point, someone has to throw a punch.
So there you go. That was the first writing-related word I could come up with. 🙂
Do you like your novels full of action or dialogue?