Writing Adventure by K.D. McNiven
by K.D. McNiven
Action/adventure novels are my favorite reads, so naturally, that’s what I chose to write. Adventure novels tend to be one of the most sought-after genres. They usually begin with ordinary people drawn into extraordinary circumstances.
Typically, these books are fast-paced and lean toward high-risk conflicts which may include fist-fighting, guns-blazing, and an element of danger. How much action depends on where the writer is taking the story. In the book, The Incredible Journey, two dogs and a cat are forced to make their way back home and must face treacherous obstacles along the way. It had all the right components needed to make a strong adventure story.
First, a writer needs a fearless protagonist willing to take extraordinary chances to defeat their enemies. Adventure books usually include life-and-death scenarios demanding dynamic, often times reckless protagonist, who is determined to win at all costs.
In my first two adventure books, The Monkey Idol and Shark Eater, my protagonists are a married couple. Both are head-strong archaeologists who work together as a team, and they must face incredible odds to bring down several adversaries in a jungle fraught with danger.
In the past, writers were typically male, as were the antagonists. However, today we are seeing ground-breaking strides in both of these roles as more women facing challenges to write action/adventure books, introducing strong female characters as antagonists and protagonists as well. Example of this are the David Wood’s Jade Ihara and the Lara Croft novels.
As in all genres, but most particularly in this one, the story should flow and not be burdened with too many details that could bog-down the storyline and lose your readers interest. Also, theme should be considered—man battling against nature, good versus evil, valuable lessons your characters learned from their ordeal, etcetera.
The final chapters should be dynamic. Building tension throughout each chapter leads to this point, so the ending should come to a climatic finale that resolves the conflict and neatly ties up any loose ends.
Lastly, nothing beats vibrant, relatable characters, and a solid storyline. In order to write action/adventure one must read these book in order to be able to dive in to see how authors formulate their plots. Here are a few exciting writers to consider: Clive Cussler, Lee Child, Patricia Briggs. I enjoyed my journey writing adventure/action, became knowledgeable in the craft and welcomed the ideas presented in novel-writing.
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