Saturday, April 2, 2011

A is for Action

Here is what Janet Burroway* says about action: "The significant characters of a fiction must be both capable of causing an action and capable of being changed by it." She defines action as "that meaningful arrangement of events in which a character is convincingly compelled to pursue a goal, to make decisions along the way, and to undergo a subtle or dramatic alteration in the process." Which is essentially what makes a great novel in my opinion; people changing and being changed by the events of the tale.

The Coldfire Trilogy by C. S. Friedman is an excellent scifi/fantasy example of this.

*I'll be referring to this book a lot: Burroway, Janet, Writing Fiction - A Guide to the Narrative Craft (fourth edition), Harper Collins, 1996, p.110.


  1. ManAlive, you picked one of my favorite book series.

  2. Yay for Action!!! And thanks for quoting this fab definition of action!!! Take care

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