5 Ways to Knock Video Game Action Out of Your Novel

In my last post, I talked about how a video game feel can kill the intensity in your action scenes. I told you what to watch out for, and how to tell when you’re sliding into video game syndrome, but in one of the comments I received, I was asked how to avoid it in the first place. It was a great question, and today, I want to share with you some answers.


I’m going to be honest with you; in the past, I’ve really struggled with writing action scenes. Oh, I know what makes them good and all, but the execution can be (and is) a lot harder than it seems. Writing action has been the bane of my existence. However, over the last few years, I’ve learned some valuable things about crafting believable, solid action scenes; and while I still have to work on employing these tips daily, I hope they will help you as well.

Don’t Let This Problem Kill Your Action Scenes

I had a terrible dream the other night.

I was writing on a roll. Crazy stuff was happening, and my protagonist, Sendrik, from my WIP was doing some serious butt-kicking to an epic soundtrack. It was way cool. I love dreams where I can see my novel coming to life—especially at the most exciting parts.


But then stuff started to change. The picture became less vivid, and the epic music faded into a few corny sound effects. Gold coins began floating at random intervals in the scene, and I started to panic. What was happening to my beautiful action sequence? The next thing I knew, Sendrik was no more than an icon, bouncing across the screen, racking up points.

The Fatal Flaw in Christian Characters

My friend, Braden over at The Storymonger recently wrote a very good, thought-provoking post about a very prevalent issue. Something I’ve been thinking about, myself, actually. See, there is a big, underlying problem with Christian media.


Likewise, there is a big problem with Christian characters.

Now, I’m not talking about characters who happen to be Christians. I’m referring to the people who live in these stereotypical Christian stories. In fact, the characters are one of these stories’ weakest points.

10 Reasons Why Cinderella is Worth Your Money

The story of Cinderella is one of the most well-known of all time. We’ve probably all seen or read one version or another. For most of us, it was likely a childhood staple. Personally, I associate it with Kool-Aid. (I know, it’s weird.) One of my clearest childhood memories is of sitting on an air-bed on my grandma’s living room floor as a five-year-old with my closest cousin, watching the animated version of Cinderella. We had Kool-Aid. Red, to be exact. Not that that’s important or anything. But maybe it is.


Growing up, I’d seen a few different renditions of the old classic, and part of me was not surprised when the latest remake of the story came out this month. What did surprise me was how much I was hearing about it. The excitement building up amongst my group of friends in the days before the film released was enormous. I wondered why, because obviously, there have been many remakes of Cinderella before. And to me, they were all pretty much the same.

However, I was curious, and sort of liked the idea of returning to my five-year-old self for an afternoon (don’t judge), so Sam and I went to see last weekend after it came out.  I was rather impressed, actually, and found myself giving it four stars. This is one that’s definitely worth seeing in theaters.

Interview: Gillian Bronte Adams, Author of “Orphan’s Song”

Hey, guys! I’ve got another interview for you this week. This time I have a fellow author joining me; Miss Gillian Bronte Adams, who is here to talk about her new book, Out of Darkness Rising. She’s also got some great writing tips to share, so stay tuned! I’m excited for you to hear what she has to say. 

OODR Front Cover

Hi, Gillian! Welcome to Dreaming Hobbit! Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?

Thanks for having me here! I’m a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction writer from the great state of Texas. Sometimes it feels like there are two people trapped inside of me—the person who loves nothing better than curling up beside a fire with a good book and the person who loves grabbing a paddle to kayak down the river or lacing up a pair of hiking boots and hitting the trail. A decent blend of adventure and home is good for the soul, I think.

Interview: Bear Hanrahan from GoodBear Media

Hi, everybody! I’m excited to be hosting my good friend, Bear Hanrahan from GoodBear Media in an interview today. As an entrepreneur in the world of film, Bear is here to share with us his passion for good cinematography, along with a few tips for beginners. I can’t wait for you to hear what he has to say! 


Hi, Bear! Welcome to Dreaming Hobbit! Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?

Hi! Thanks for doing this interview. Well, I’m a filmmaker and photographer from Nixa, I’m just about to graduate high school, and I really like indie music.

Using Setting to Maximize Emotion

On Wednesday, I talked about how to tell when you’re doing a good job with showing vs. telling in your novel. I discussed the reasons why showing is powerful. Today I want to talk about ways that you can use the settings in your story to maximize emotion.


Most of the time, we see emotion as something that comes from inside the character, and while that’s true, the end result is always to create emotion in the reader. Setting can be a great tool for doing this. Settings create feelings. A character (or reader) may have an emotional reaction to being somewhere or seeing something. As a writer, you shouldn’t overlook this.