Muse on Monday – January 2, 2023

Muse on Monday – January 2, 2023

Happy New Year from the Green-Walled Treehouse!

We’re going to start 2023 off with a bang by talking about action. Action scenes are inherently high tension, so they should be exciting. They should make the reader want to keep reading. Sentences are often short. They use a lot of verbs since verbs are about doing. This all has the effect of speeding up the narrative.

Action stories don’t have to be huge, like a battle scene or a James Bond-style chase scene. It could be a pickpocket on a bus hardly moving at all but it’s still more about doing than thinking.

Story Prompt: January 2, 2023

Write an action story.

If you want to share your story, you can either email me at or submit it at the link here. I’d love to publish your story as well.

Lights Inspiration, Camera Computer

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Like the line…They should make the reader want to keep reading. That’s such a great note, to keep your reader’s attention. Sometimes we writers so lost in ourselves, forget about them, like inviting guests to dinner then leaving them to dine alone.

    You always get to the heart of the matter David, so once again, I thank you. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, my friend. Maybe it’s because I used to be a teacher or because I sometimes write kids stories, but I imagine gathering listeners around and telling them the story.

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      1. A lovely image. Must be great to be a teacher. I respect you and all the teachers so very much. Such an honor to enlighten the minds of others.


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