I had a request for an electricity effect/ lightning strike and think I found a rather quick and simple way to do it in Inkscape.

With a some additions it turns into a night lightning strike.

If you want to animate these I suggest doing the lines first and altering a copy of the line shape in a new layer [see the animation tutorial for this]. Animate the shape roughly and not too similar. After creating a few variations of the lightning strike start with the conversion to paths.

It’s a lot easier to adjust a few nodes on a line than twice that many or more in a shape.
I hope this quick tutorial is helpful to some.

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