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Writing ACTION Sequences
The Plug & Play Method


Lets begin with a Review...
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The flash of pain exploded in my cheek from the slap her hand lashed out at me.
-- WRONG!

Why is this wrong?
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If you were watching this scene as a movie, that sentence is NOT how you would have seen it happen.

Actual Sequence of events:
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1) Her hand lashed out at me in a slap. <Action>
2) A flash of pain exploded in my cheek <Reaction>


ACTION Sequences = Chronological Order

REALITY = something happens to you and then…you react.
Action > Reaction > Action > Reaction = Chronological order

FICTION = the Plot happens to the characters and then…they react.
Action > Reaction > Action > Reaction = Chronological order

If you want the reader to SEE the actions that you are trying to portray, Chronological Order is the ONLY way to write that scene. In other words, if you visualize the characters doing something in a specific order – you write it in THAT order!

WRONG:
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The flash of pain exploded in my cheek <Reaction> from the slap her hand lashed out at me. <Action>

RIGHT:
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Her hand lashed out in a slap <action>.
My cheek exploded with a flash of pain. <reaction>. "Ow!" <dialogue/action> I balled my hand into a fist and swung for her stomach. <reaction>

Violating chronological order is a Very Bad idea. If you knock the actions out of order, the reader's Mental Movie STOPS because the reader has to STOP READING to rearrange the sentences into the correct order to get the movie back.

The confusion comes in because written chronological action and dialogue tends to be rather curt in phrasing rather than poetically stylish, plus it looks very choppy on the page.

Stylistic turns of phrase, be damned!
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Making the story hard for the Reader to PICTURE is a Bad Idea. Anytime the reader has to STOP to rearrange the words to FIT their mental movie, you've made a break. Breaks are BAD, very, very bad. A break creates a moment where the reader can Put  your story Down, and forget to pick it back up again.

Who cares what the words look like on the page? Once you have a Mental Movie rolling, the reader won't even SEE the words. They'll be too busy making pictures in their head to notice what words they're reading. What matters is that the Mental Movie -- the Story -- doesn't stop and the reader keeps reading!

How to FIX this chronic problem:
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VISUALIZE your scenes as you write them. Play them as a movie in your head and write everything down EXACTLY as you see it.  

What about Literary style?
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What about it? If you simply MUST have stylish phrasing in your fiction, save it for the descriptions, but keep it out of the actions.


Next, memorize these Two Rules:

#1 - ONE Point of View per scene.
-- Use the POV of only ONE character per sequence. Why? Because seeing the Same Scene simultaneously from more than one person's point of view CONFUSES the Reader as to who is thinking and feeling what at any given moment in that scene.

#2 - NEVER put two characters Acting in the same paragraph.
-- Make a new paragraph every time a new character ACTS, which includes dialogue. Talking is an Action!


Okay, before we go on to How to Write an Action Sequence, one last reminder on an Action Scene's WORST ENEMY...!


The Evil Nasty Vicious "AS"

In school, they teach you that 'as' is a word used to connect fragments of sentences together, rather in the same way as you would use "and." Unfortunately, "as" doesn't quite work the same way as an "and" in fiction.

-- "As" means, "things that happened simultaneously."
-- "And" means, "this happened too."

In Fiction NOTHING is truly simultaneous because the eye READS only one thing at a time. The only things that can actually be counted as simultaneous in written fiction are groups of things.

Example:
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All the soldiers marched.
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IMPORTANT!
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I'm NOT saying that simultaneous events CAN'T be written. I'm saying that using "as" is not the way to do it. Any group of events listed in one sentence are generally perceived as happening all at the same time -- until you get to the "and". However, they should still be listed in the order in which they happened so as to make the reader's VISION of the whole event crystal clear.

As far as I'm concerned, the only place an "as" belongs is at the BEGINNING of a sentence.

Example:
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As all the soldiers marched, the drums and fifes played.  
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See?

Where "As" goes WRONG
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I consider "as" a red flag word. A word that marks that something has gone terribly wrong in your sentence structure.

What went wrong?
-- In fiction, the word "as" usually marks where a sentence has gone out of Chronological Order.

Example:
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The vampire scratched his head thoughtfully as he crouched over his victim.

Think: Which actions actually happened first?
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1. The vampire crouched over his victim.
2. He scratched his head thoughtfully.

The chronological way to write this would be:
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The vampire crouched over his victim AND scratched his head thoughtfully.

Why does this matter?
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A sentence Out of Chronological Order means that the reader has to Stop Reading to reset their mental movie of your story. That's bad, very, very, BAD. Do this enough times and your reader will stop reading your story to go find something easier to imagine. In fact, some readers will not only drop your story, never to read it again, they'll avoid anything else you write.

How to Grammar Check for "as":
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Do a Search/Replace substituting "as" for "and," then go back and read through your entire work. If "and" doesn't fit right in your sentence, then it's most likely Out of Chronological Order.

Example:
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The werewolf flattened his ears angrily as he faced the hunter.
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Search/Replace:
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The werewolf flattened his ears angrily and he faced the hunter.
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"And" doesn't quite work there, does it? Why not? Because the werewolf didn't flatten his ears before he faced the hunter.

Which actions actually happened first?
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1. The werewolf faced the hunter.
2. He was angry.
2. He flattened his ears.

Adjusted:
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The werewolf faced the hunter and he angrily flattened his ears.
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Now the "he" doesn't fit, so let's chop that out.

One more time:
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The werewolf faced the hunter and angrily flattened his ears.
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See what I mean? The word "As" is a devious sinister monster that should be destroyed on sight.


Now, on to the good stuff!


Writing Action Sequences
The "Plug & Play" Method


Life is full of random events. FICTION is NOT. Every element in a story – every character, every situation, and every object, must be there for a REASON, and have a reason to Be There. NOTHING happens "just because" – especially actions.

The Magic Formula!
Stimulus > Physical Reaction > Sensory Reaction > Emotional Reaction > Deliberate Reaction


This order is VERY specific. You may SKIP steps, but you may not change the order.
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1) Stimulus
-- Something happens TO the character. (Action).

2) Physical Reaction
-- The character has a knee-jerk Physical Reaction to what has just happened. (Reaction)

3) Sensation Reaction
-- The character feels Physical Sensations and physically reacts to the sensations. (Reaction)

4) Emotional Reaction
-- AND THEN they have an Emotional Reaction reflected in their thoughts and/or a comment about what had just happened. (Reaction)

5) Deliberate Reaction
-- AND THEN they Respond. They DO something about that action. (Reaction)

1) NEW Stimulus
-- External Reaction of the OTHER person or an Outside event. (Action)


The Chain of REACTIONS in DETAIL

1) Stimulus – Something Happens!

It all begins with: Stimulus > Response, also known as Action > Reaction.
Something happens, and the character reacts. It's that simple.

Action: Joe threw the dagger at Sam.
Reaction: Sam ducked, and the dagger flew harmlessly past him.

Or Sam was stabbed through the heart.
Or Sam caught it in his hand.
Or something of a similar, immediate response-nature.

How can something this simple be confusing?
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Consider this:

Action: Joe threw the dagger at Sam.
Reaction: Sam grinned. "My, what lovely weather we're having!"

Too many writers think the reader will assume that the dagger missed Sam. Nope. I'm afraid that many, many readers will NOT make that assumption at all. This is a PLOT Hole, a missing piece to an event, triggered by the obvious question: What happened to the dagger?

I'm not saying you can't have that lovely piece of dialogue, I'm saying that you have to show the REST of the stimulus > response FIRST.

Action: Joe threw the dagger at Sam.
Reaction: Sam caught the dagger in his palm, raised his brow at Joe and smiled thinly. "My, what lovely weather we're having."

2) Physical Reaction – The Flinch

Something happens. Your character reacts instinctively. They duck, they flinch , they dodge, they gasp, they choke, they pass out.

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Action: Joe threw the dagger at Sam.
Reaction: Sam reached out to grab the dagger.
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In real life, physical actions usually happen BEFORE dialogue. The finger pulls the trigger and THEN the shooter wonders: "Oh no, what have I done?"

Most people ACT, and then comment, because physical reactions happen faster than thought. Thought happens after the fist has already shot out. Ask any martial artist.

Thoughts that come first FREEZE physical action -- not in the literary sense, for real. Most people stop whatever action they are doing, they pause to process that thought because few people can do both at once. Martial artists are TAUGHT to Not Think when they fight -- No Mind -- specifically to make their reaction time faster.

Fiction should not be any different.

3) Sensation Reaction – Cold Chills

Something just happened. What did it feel like, physically? How did they react physically to those sensations?

Sensory = of the 5 physical senses

Sense of Sight - the appearance
Sense of Sound - the melody
Sense of Taste - the flavor
Sense of Texture - the sensation
Sense of Scent - the aroma

Sensation Reaction is BOTH "what they perceived through their senses," (it smelled like, it looked like, it sounded like, it felt like, it tasted like…) And their PHYSICAL reaction to those sensations. "It tasted like moldy socks, and I nearly retched."

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Action: Joe threw the dagger at Sam.

Reaction: Sam reached out to grab the dagger. (Physical Sensation> The pommel slapped sharply into his palm, stinging his hand. (Physical Reaction to Sensation> He winced.
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Notice that Sam gets his own paragraph?   


4) Emotional Reaction –"Oh, woe is me!" Internal Conflict!

Something just happened. How did that make your character FEEL: scared, happy, angry, lustful…? These emotional feelings are reflected internally immediately after the physical sensations that wracked their bodies with unwarranted stimuli. Ahem, after they feel the physical effects of what just happened.

Additionally, internal observations, internal dialogue and narration happens before they make a vocal remark.

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Action: Joe threw the dagger at Sam.

Reaction: Sam reached out to grab the dagger. (Physical Sensation> The pommel slapped sharply into his palm, stinging his hand. (Physical Reaction to Sensation> He winced. (Internalization> He had known Joe was pissed at him, but he hadn't thought he was that pissed.
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5) Deliberate Reaction – Retaliation!

Something happened, your character has felt the effects, had a thought and perhaps made a comment. So, what is your character going to do next? A deliberate action designed for Retaliation! More commonly known as: Revenge.

Just to make things confusing, Dialogue can be a Response Reaction, an Internalization, an Emotional Reaction or a Deliberate Reaction! When in doubt, always put Dialogue AFTER a physical action.

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Action: Joe threw the dagger at Sam.

Reaction: Sam reached out to grab the dagger. (Physical Sensation> The pommel slapped sharply into his palm, stinging his hand. (Physical Reaction to Sensation> He winced. (Internalization> He had known Joe was pissed at him, but he hadn't thought he was that pissed. (Deliberate Reaction / Stimulus intended to get a reaction out of Joe.> He raised his brow at Joe and smiled thinly. "My, what lovely weather we're having!"
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Ready? Steady... ACTION!
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Fill in the blank!


Stimulus > Physical Reaction > Sensation Reaction > Emotional Reaction > Deliberate Reaction

Stimulus - Something happened
Physical Reaction - Their body's immediate physical reaction
Sensation Reaction - The physical sensations and their effects  
Emotional Reaction - What they thought about what was happening
Deliberate Reaction - How they responded
NEW Stimulus - What happened next.  
- In that order.

External / something HAPPENED
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1) Stimulus  - Physical Action / Action, dialogue or both >
- Will Turner stabbed his sword toward Jack Sparrow.

Viewpoint Character's Reaction:
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2) Reaction: Physical Reaction / Did they jump? Flinch? Catch the flying object? >
- Jack twisted to intercept the oncoming blade with his blade, rather than his body.

3) Reaction: Sensation Reaction / The physical sensations and their effects >
- The swords impacted with a jarring ring.

4) Reaction: Emotional Reaction / Internal or Vocal Comment reflecting what they thought about what was happening >
-  "Will this isn't the brightest idea in the world. I don't know if you noticed, but there are a bunch of cutthroat pirates in the next cave?"

5) Reaction: Deliberate Reaction / What they did or said in retaliation >
- He slid his sword up Will's blade, waggled his brows, and smiled engagingly.  

External Reaction of the OTHER person or an Outside event:
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1) NEW Action: Physical Action/Action or dialogue or Action & then Dialogue. >
- Will flinched back and scowled. "I don't care. I want to rescue her now!"


On the Page...
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Will Turner lunged, stabbing his sword toward Jack Sparrow.

Jack twisted to intercept the oncoming blade with his blade, rather than his body. The swords impacted with a jarring ring. "Will this isn't the brightest idea in the world. I don't know if you noticed, but there are a bunch of cutthroat pirates in the next cave?" He slid his sword up Will's blade, waggled his brows, and smiled engagingly.

Will flinched back and scowled. "I don't care. I want to rescue her now!"


Get it? Got it? GOOD!

Enjoy!
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DISCLAIMER: As with all advice, take what you can use and throw out the rest. As a multi-published author, I have been taught some fairly rigid rules on what is publishable and what is not. If my rather straight-laced (and occasionally snotty,) advice does not suit your creative style, by all means, IGNORE IT.
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Imiss2010 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Is this ok as an emotional relation? : He then felt shameful guilt inside his heart, he had known this girl since pre-k!
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional Writer
Looks like it to me!
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1st-Hashirama-Senju Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013

This is really helpful.

 

I felt my fight scenes were lacking something; this helped me figure out what it was.

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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Writer
Excellent!
 -- I came up with this to improve my own fight scenes.
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Roxie94 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Thank you for this tutorial is very helpful, only recently i'm starting to write fanfiction so every tutorial helps. For me is even more difficult since i'm italian, but i love watching a movies and tv show on the original language and read enghlish fic. 

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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm glad you liked the essay!
 -- I'm not sure my essays are all that helpful for people writing in other languages, though. English tends to arrange their sentences in ways that are opposite of every other language.
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Roxie94 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
i know but i want to write in english so it's very helpful. 
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional Writer
Oh! In that case, excellent! I'm glad I could help.
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TheAmatuer41 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
among the most difficult to discribe is the action...thankyou for the tutoraial! it helps!
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Writer
My pleasure!
-- I love being helpful.
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TheAmatuer41 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
You sure did...:}}}
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VixenSkywalker Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That was really, really helpful. Especially 'cause I suck at fight scenes... and I'm writing an Assassin's Creed fan fiction!
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm thrilled I was able to assist!
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VixenSkywalker Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I'm always making action-and-reaction when I write fight scenes.
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Writer
Excellent! I bet your readers are really enjoying your fight scenes.
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VixenSkywalker Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't know what they think. The one who usually comments the most hasn't read the latest chapter yet.
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Maemi-Sedai Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find your tips and advice EXTREMELY HELPFUL and wonderfully written!
And yet, after having read through this, only one thing popped up in my head:
"Get it? Got it? Good."
...
A quote from "The Court Jester" perhaps?
x3
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Yes! Finally someone who spotted where "Get it? Got it. Good!" came from!

"The flagon with the dragon has the pellet with the poison. The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true. Get it?"

"Got it.

"Good!"
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Maemi-Sedai Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a wonderful movie! 8'DD I laugh so hard I cry every time I watch it x'DD
"Well, sire, you know the Italian court; what better place to court Italians?"
8'DD
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Writer
It's been years since I'm seen it. Must find it and watch again!
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Maemi-Sedai Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found it on youtube a while back... but it has most likely been been removed by now.
It most definitely is a movie worth rewatching! 83
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Mellissandria Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Nice...
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you. ;)
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YukikoShijima Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
So "He frowned as he noticed the sequence change from what he remembered." Is a bad sentence and "As (name) flew us away in the chopper, I saw the army (and yes I mean army) of goons down below." is okay because "as" is in the begining?

I'm not sure I understand how the first sentence is out of sequence. If you could expound, I would be grateful.
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Yes, that first line is wrong because the events in it were written Backwards to how they happened.

Original
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He frowned as he noticed the sequence change from what he remembered.

Think: Which actually happened first?
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He frowned.
or?
He noticed the sequence change from what he remembered.

Adjusted
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He noticed that the sequence had change from what he remembered and frowned.

Yes, this is correct because it's written in the actual order of events.
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As Harold flew us away in the chopper, I saw the army of goons down below.

The word "as" has a way of encouraging you to write your sentence Backwards. With "as" at the beginning, this is less likely to happen.
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FactitiousTruth Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"He frowned as he noticed the sequence change from what he remembered."

But if it was not in an action scene, wouldn't it be alright to use such a sentence? In movies you often see the characters expression, wonder what's going on and then are shown what they see. I think in a scene that's not supposed to be full of action such an expression would not be bad...what do you think?
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Writer
NO. Movies are not the written word.

This is how you write that:
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He noticed that the sequence had changed from what he remembered, and frowned.
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FactitiousTruth Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mh...okay, thanks! :)
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Writer
Sorry if I came off a bit too strong, but I get questions like this a lot.
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FactitiousTruth Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't see this question yet, I'm sorry if I missed it somewhere.
It's alright! I can understand your reaction.
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Writer
I get a LOT of mail from a lot of sites, from a lot of writers.
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YukikoShijima Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, that clarifies things.

I'm not always good with ordering things chronologically, so I'll have to pay close attention and just err in the side of caution.
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Writer
I learned this years ago and I STILL have to watch for it myself. Sigh...
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LostTideLover Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
I know a Soldier Character named Sam skjhasdkgjh

This will be so fun to read and Apply QwQ!!
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Excellent! Enjoy.
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whiskeyii Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
I'm so happy to finally find a tutorial that details the mechanics behind an action sequence instead of just telling me to make it "fast-paced."
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Writer
I ran into that same problem when I was a beginning writer. Lots of advice on What to do, but none on HOW to do it. Pissed me off to no end.

This is why all of my tips are actual Instructions rather than simply advice.
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memoren Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omg this is so useful, thanks for putting this up.
i think i have a chance at the exams now xD
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm glad I could help. I like being helpful. :)
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brianna13 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow...this is sooo much help. If I could actually hug you I would....so I do this :hug:
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm glad you like it!
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Devin-Shaelyc Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Wow, this is actually really good at explaining the process that takes place in an action sequence/scene, but it puts it in a way that's quite easy to understand! Great job!
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm glad it works for you!
-- I try to make my tutorials easy to grasp, and easy to use. In other words; I try to keep the bullshit to an absolute minimum.
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Devin-Shaelyc Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Good policy.
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AloratheDragon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really excellent advice! As I looked through this, I was seeing things I'd done wrong in something I'm writing now, and realized why it's been feeling so off. Thanks!
I'm constantly searching for ways to improve as a writer, and your tutorials are helping enormously.
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm absolutely thrilled I could be of some help!
-- My pleasure.
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AngHuiQing Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Pure genius. I've finally found the tutorial I needed. Always had problems with getting things to flow the way I like it to. ^^; After reading it though, I realize that I've been unconsciously writing pretty close to what you explained. Yay for boost of self-confidence.
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Writer
It sounds like you were following the same path I was when I figured it out. Excellent!
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AngHuiQing Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student General Artist
But to be actually fully aware of it is really great. :)
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Writer
Yes it is!
-- It also gives you one leg up on all those that only accomplish this accidentally because you know when you've missed something when they don't.
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