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3 tips to writing better action scenes

I recently finished Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Killer Angels, a historical fiction about the Battle of Gettysburg, a book which General Norman Schwarzkopf has called "the best and most realistic historical novel about war that I have ever read." It was a haunting novel about great and terrible events, about clashing armies and clashing ideals, about the tension between the past and the future. Afterwards I spent days trying to figure out how a narrative which relies so heavily upon action could end up ringing such meditative and philosophical notes. Here's what I came up with, and I list them here as possible devices you might employ in your own writing:

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