The Action Writer has a choice…
Continue the quest and capture your reward, or starve?
Why “Action” Writer’s Block?
This is to narrow my audience to those who share the same genre I write in. In my case it is even more succinct as the espionage genre. Does your mystery feel like a game of hop-scotch? Are your dynamic battle scenes outclassed by the Texas Hold-em match back in the barracks? Does your detective keep banging his nose on the same door?
For other genres, I will guide you through your troubling blocks with scenes containing confrontation, a crisis, or the climax.
“So, What’s In It For Me?”
You deserve a personal approach, and I will guide you through obstructions that have challenged your writing. I am a genuine warrior. I can train you in the art of conflict.
“What Qualifications Do I Have As An Action Author?”
By claim and challenge.
My claim is as third generation veteran: Born to the culture.
As an “Army Brat,” I have lived all over the world. Two years in Asia, and three years in Europe before I was thirteen years old.
At age fourteen, I set my foot on a four year long path toward West Point. A memento of that commitment is a small book called “Bugle Notes.” It has always been within reach. Next to it on the shelf is “Infantry Attacks,” Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. While in Germany, I lived within a mile of his home and grave. I wandered across, around, and through a lot of bunkers in my youth, one located within several hundred yards of a Nike nuclear missile site.
At age sixteen, I had read the guerrilla campaign journals of:
General Võ Nguyên Giáp
Ernesto “Che” Guevara
T. E. Lawrence
Felix Graf von Luckner
At age eighteen, I was reading Army Field Manuals for survival, hand-to-hand combat, and guerrilla warfare. And by that age, I had been practicing some of these lessons in my back yard in Fort Carson: maneuvering grounds, some vast valleys filled with tanks that were napalmed on practice runs by the air force. I’ve found many grenades in my youth. And I rigged a smoke grenade in a roadside trap.
At age nineteen, after having been passed over for West Point, I planned my enlistment in the Navy with its six year obligation for advanced training. Before I pledged my oath of service, I had built out a time line of those six years, and when I would make my promotions, six of them, in four years. Four years and three months later, I had achieved every mark. This was rarely achieved in less than twelve years for the average sailor. I had a nineteen year head start.
My claim as Action Author is as a multi-generational artist: Born to art.
Even though I was born to the Warrior class, my parents were art experts and designers of jewelry. Even though my Great Uncle had been a simple cowboy, stage coach driver for Wells Fargo, and a Texas Ranger, he was proclaimed “The Cowboy Artist of Texas.”
My claim as Action Author by challenge is through effort:
At age thirty, having capped a successful career in high technology, I finished work on two BA degrees, English with an emphasis in writing, and Cinema with an emphasis in analysis. I then took my thesis script to Hollywood to pitch it—door-to-door. 100 doors (I had a list). 100 rejections.
“How Do I Recognize Writer’s Block?”
Your writing is undoubtedly at the top of its form, but you never seem to get around to plunging into it with the same gusto that inspired you in the beginning. The source of this energy drain is unique to you, and only solutions that are genuine to you will work.
As a leader of men, I can spot troops out of formation, falling behind,
…and I tighten their discipline.
I can see over-written stratagems
… and I expose their weak rigidity.
As a warrior, I recognize the roots of cowerdice
… and I inspire confidence.