Rule of Dance
So last week I published Rule of Dance.
Rule of Dance is a short story set in a low fantasy world with a regency feel.
It features a mercenary protagonist disguised as a noblewoman, a mysterious gentleman, and the best dance scene I’ve ever written.
Click here to read it for free!
Behind The Scenes: How I Wrote The Waltz
One thing I keep hearing from everyone who has read Rule of Dance, is how much they loved the dance scene between the two main characters. So today, I’ve decided to share the secret behind that scene’s success!
I originally wrote Rule of Dance to practice writing action.
The assignment was to pick a video with a lot of action in it, and write out everything that happened—every detail, movement, and action—no matter how small.
Lights, Camera… What About The Action?
This was a really hard assignment for me.
Despite having done ballet for around five years, I felt like I didn’t have the vocabulary to explain what movements the dancers were making. After all, how does one describe the graceful flailing about of limbs that is dance?
It took a while, but I eventually got to a place where the movements I wrote, lined up with the video I chose.
The Final Product
After that came the fun part: turning the complicated dance scene into a complete story!
I created my characters, developed the setting and plot, and after a few revisions, the story grew into what it is today.
Now, I feel a lot more confident when it comes to writing action—especially dance scenes.
Want to read Rule of Dance for yourself?
Before You Go…
Do you enjoy writing action scenes?
Let me know down in the comments!
Don’t forget, The Librarian’s Ruse releases next week on August 8th!