How to Write an Action Scene

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 4 min read

Sometimes a conflict in a novel, novella, short story, or film produces so much tension that it culminates in violence. This violence manifests as a fight scene, in which characters physically battle each other using weapons, vehicles, or their own two hands. Fight scenes are a subgenre of action scenes, which are characterized by their focus on physical activity rather than dialogue.

Writing action scenes can be challenging, especially the first time through. But with practice and an understanding of the form, writing a good fight scene (or even a full cascade of battle scenes) can become second nature.