18 June 2019, this blog is about writing in scenes. I’m focusing on the tools to build scenes. I’ll leave up the parts of a novel because I think this is an important picture for any novelist. I’m writing about how to begin and write a novel.
- The initial scene
- The rising action scenes
- The climax scene
- The falling action scene(s)
- The dénouement scene(s)
Announcement: I need a new publisher. Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published. Ancient Light includes Aegypt, Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness. If you are interested in historical/suspense literature, please give my novels a try. You can read about them at http://www.ancientlight.com. I’ll keep you updated.
Today’s Blog: The skill of using language comes from the ability to put together figures of speech that act as symbols in writing.
Short digression: Back in Wichita
Here are my rules of writing:
- Entertain your readers.
- Don’t confuse your readers.
- Ground your readers in the writing.
- Don’t show (or tell) everything.
4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.
- Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.
Creativity is the extrapolation of older ideas to form new ones or to present old ideas in a new form. It is a reflection of something new created with ties to the history, science, and logic (the intellect). Creativity requires consuming, thinking, and producing.
Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:
- Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
- Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
- Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
- Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
- Write the release
- Write the kicker
First step of writing—enjoy writing. Writing is a chore—especially if you don’t know what you are doing, and you don’t know where you are going. Let me help you with that.
The current subject is how cultures and societies affect human thought and human actions. Here is a list of potential issues. We’ll look at them in detail:
- Social construction
- Common knowledge
- Common sense
- Reflected culture
- Reflected history
- Reflected society
I’m not sure what you can do with truth, but we might as well talk about it. A reflected or written worldview is not based on truth, it is based on common knowledge and common sense. If the truth is a spherical world but the average reader thinks the world is flat, then common knowledge is a flat world, and common sense is that you must fall off the side. In science and the real world, you need to be able to determine the truth. Let’s look at history.
The Greeks also invented the second means to know truth—logic. Yes, logic or defined reasoning is the second means to know truth.
Logic and reasoning is indeed something we need to develop, define, and train. What the Greeks did was to develop the logical proof. A logical proof looks like this:
You can just see and hear the Greeks in their symposiums making their logical arguments. In fact, all the Socratic dialogs and other Greek philosophical are logical arguments. Many Greek scholars, including me, argue that all ancient Greek writing are logos to an unstated telos. A logos is a logical argument. A telos is an obvious conclusion from the logos. All of the Socratic dialogs are in this form. I argue that all the New Testament documents are this form. Most all Greek ancient documents are in the logos to an unstated telos form. This explains a lot in Greek literature. For example, Aesop’s fables in the Greek are logos to unstated teloses (teli). The Romans added the stated teloses (teli), the morals to the stories. This is why many of the morals sometimes seem odd. The Greeks would never state a telos–the Romans couldn’t help themselves. Their writing form was like ours.
In any case, the Greeks used the form of the logical argument in all their writing, likely speaking, and actions. Their philosophy was entirely developed along these lines, and so is ours.
Geometry and philosophy follow the form of the logical proof. This is a very important concept in knowing truth.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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