By Britney Pieta
“Some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it in a pot nine days old…” This saying also applies to action and setting in a story. Some could easily start reading a book and find it boring and say it doesn’t have any action. But how do you define action? There are many types of setting and action in a story. Knowing how action and setting link together can help you choose books at a bookstore that you will stay interested and finish all the way to the end. Or if you are the writer then you are in charge of starting that process of interest.
Exciting/fast-paced action: For this kind of action your story may be good in settings such as western (ex. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Oklahoma!), outer space (ex. Star Wars, Star Trek), battles (ex. Lord of the Rings, Saving Private Ryan), superheroes (Superman, Batman).
Some good action words: ambushing, chasing, crashing, colliding, fighting, hitting, riding, running.
Varied /mixed amounts of action: For this kind of action your story may be good in settings such as a neighborhood/home (ex. Mr. Rogers, Sandlot), school (ex. Saved by the Bell, Sky High), and hospital (ex. Grey’s Anatomy, Heart of Dixie)
Some good action words: gossiping, jumping, learning, playing, rescuing, rushing, saving, skipping.
Low/slow-paced action: For this kind of action your story may be good in settings such as night/camping (ex. E.T., Twas the Night Before Christmas), vacations (Marykate and Ashley), and romance, (ex. Nicholas Sparks, Titanic )
Some good action words: cuddling, holding, hugging, laughing, relaxing, savoring, touching, walking.