So I learned something today as I was writing; I don’t really know how to write a chase scene. I had the whole thing in my head, but when I sat down to put it on the page, it didn’t look the same. Now, I don’t think what I wrote was complete crap, but at the same time it wasn’t exactly a full blown epic chase either. My main characters were getting shot at, and they had to find a crafty way to get out of the room while avoiding the window so they wouldn’t get sniped. Then they had to escape the building and get out of the town they were in. Easier said than it is to write.
Sometimes I think to myself, “I’m going to write this super exciting chase, and it’s going to be awesome, and anyone who reads it will be on the edge of their seats.” But when it’s all said and done, I look at it and say, “Yeah, I don’t know how to make this as exciting as it is in my head.”
Now, it’s not all action scenes that I have trouble writing, I find that I’m pretty okay with fight scenes and direct one-on-one (or group for that matter) confrontation. It’s chase scenes that I have trouble with, where the protagonist (or someone else) is running from something that is after them. I can’t seem to get my fingers around the nuances of how to write a character’s escape attempt while facing possible capture or death.
I think this is something I can improve on in my writing, so I’m going to look at my seemingly inability to write a good chase as a way to learn, grow, and hone my craft.
For any writers who read my blog, answer this: What do you do to make a good chase scene? Any tips?
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Until the morning sun rises,
Andrew Ronzino, AKA Superman