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Narrative Basics Lesson 2: Action

Introduction

Introduction

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Stories have characters, and characters do things—they take action

Here’s a snippet from Miles Morales that is all action.

Shorty Puff-Chest and Mucus Man instantly flanked Ganke, grabbing him by the arms. But before Benji could even sucker-punch Miles’s best friend, or reach for the shoes, or do whatever he was going to do, Miles had already stepped in front of him.

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But there are a lot of different types of character action—not just physical but also mental and emotional.

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We’ll look at these types of action, and explore how story actions make sense and feel meaningful.

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