Using Action Verbs With Setting in a Story

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.
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One response to “Using Action Verbs With Setting in a Story

  1. Britney,

    You remind us of how uniquely powerful action words are to describe something and give it a presence; a sense of now. “The Speakers message intrigued me so…………I was compelled to sit on every word that cascaded from his mouth. This guy moves me. I want to be like him. ”

    A good source of words for me is Visual Thesaurus, or ThinkMap. (google it) The site maps related words to any word you look up. We need to be able to grasp the right word, right now, sometimes. I hope you will play with it on a free trial. Cheers,

    Dennis James Deegan CTM
    Speaker, Teacher, Coach, Author

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