I've been told that, although my scenes are not boring and do contribute well to my story, the action scenes in my story seem "distant". I would like to discuss what makes an action scene good, what verbal tenses fit best (in my story, everything is in the past and being related by a mysterious character in 1st person) and how best to capture movement. Here's a short example of what's been critisized (just for the sake of highlighting my point and to have a working example for the thread - not to recieve critique on it): "I didn’t have time to react and his charge didn’t end when he collided with me, sending me flying back through the door I’d come in from. I landed roughly on splinters of wood and rolled over only to see him charge at me again. This time I was prepared. I took a hold on the gold plated hilt of my sword and drew it swiftly, which had the desired effect. The crazed man stopped short of impaling himself on the blade and shouted words I dare not repeat." It feels maybe a bit flat... How would you go about avoiding that effect and how do you bring action to life?