What is Action in a Story?

If someone asked you about the action in your story and now you’re wondering if you have to add a fight scene?

The word action might bring to mind memories of shootouts, and car chases from movies you’ve seen, but in writing the action in a story most often has nothing to do with speed or explosions. For us writers, the term action just describes what happens in a story.

For example, if you say that all the action takes place on a train, you mean that all the events of the story happen within the confines of a train. Most stories will however have the action (the events of the story) take place in many places and both on and off stage.

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