Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Current Novel, Theme Statements become Scene Themes

22 January 2020, 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.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. 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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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:  In Kansas.

Here are my rules of writing:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. 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.

 

I’m currently writing a novel that is a little difficult to explain.  It’s a reflected worldview novel so it includes fairy creatures, British mythical beings and gods, and a vampire.  It is an adult novel, but is set in a girl’s boarding school in Saint Malo France.  The initial scene was based on another novel titled Deidre: Enchantment and the School.

 

What I’ll do now is focus on the details of words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes on entertainment.  I can assure you if these are right, the other parts will be too.

 

A novel lives or dies based on the initial scene.  This means if you don’t get the initial scene right, you won’t sell the novel to a publisher, get the novel published, sell the novel when it is published, or get another novel published.  The initial scene is so important it is worth dedicating most of any discussion on writing to the initial scene.

 

Eventually, you finish your exciting and action packed initial scene, and you are ready to write the rising action.  The rising action is the heart of the novel.  It is the most fun part to write and the most interesting part of most novels.  However, notice, if the initial scene is poor, poorly written, boring, or whatever, no one will ever get into your rising action.

 

Let’s presume we have a good initial scene, and we are ready to move forward with the rising action.  Just follow the scene development outline.

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. Write the kicker

 

If we start with the scene input from the output of the previous scene and begin writing with the setting, we have made a great beginning.  The next question is what happens in the scene.

 

Each scene needs to have its own theme or idea that relates back to the telic flaw and to the input and setting.  In a scene, we need to develop tension.  In the development of the scene, the tension is what will make the scene entertaining.

 

Scenes have themes and novels have themes.  I don’t necessarily write down the theme of most of my scenes, but I always write down a theme statement for each of my novels.  I mostly do it for you, my readers, but I also do it as a creative exercise for myself.

 

Novel themes are works of creativity—they are the basis of a novel.  The trick is that we need to write one.  If you can write a theme statement, theoretically, you can write the novel.  Here are the two examples of theme statements I gave you yesterday.

 

For novel 30:  Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

 

For novel 31:  Deirdre and Sorcha are redirected to French finishing school where they discover difficult mysteries, people, and events.

 

If the purpose of the theme statement is to capture the movement or feel of the novel, then it must be possible to transfer the feel of the theme statement into the theme of the scenes.

 

I’ll admit, I haven’t completely captured the feel of the novel in the example theme statements above.  Here is how we might improve them to create a stronger feel for the novel.  I’ll use novel 31.

 

For novel 31:  Deirdre and Sorcha are redirected to a creepy French finishing school where they discover horrific mysteries, people, and events.

 

Now, that is some kind of feel.  The idea of creepy and horrific completely give the theme statement a different feel.  This is what I mean by being able to tie the theme statement to the scenes.  As an author, if I wanted to accentuate the feel of the novel by including a theme of creepy and horrific in every scene, the theme statement would be a perfect way to accomplish this.  The reason I didn’t include this is that I already know the feel of the novel and the themes of the scenes.  In fact, the scene themes are not so much creepy as a mysterious French finishing school and unusual mysteries, people, and events.  I could write it down:

 

For novel 31:  Deirdre and Sorcha are redirected to a mysterious French finishing school where they discover unusual mysteries, people, and events.

 

That’s more like it.  That’s the feel I want in the novel.  You can see how I can develop a theme for the scenes from this theme statement.  If an author wants to write a horror novel or a mystery novel, all they need to do is express the overall theme in the theme statement and the feed this down to the scenes.

 

Writing a theme can be very difficult.  In fact, if you have written a synopsis of any novel, you know how difficult it is to get even a portion of the basic plot on paper.  Next, I want to step off from this and look at the idea of the synopsis, theme, and plot.

 

The most important thing for the scene is developing the entertainment in the scene.

 

I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com

www.aegyptnovel.com

http://www.sisteroflight.com

http://www.sisterofdarkness.com

www.centurionnovel.com

www.thesecondmission.com

www.theendofhonor.com

www.thefoxshonor.com

www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Current Novel, Theme Statements and Scene Themes

21 January 2020, 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.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. 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:  In Kansas.

Here are my rules of writing:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. 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.

 

I’m currently writing a novel that is a little difficult to explain.  It’s a reflected worldview novel so it includes fairy creatures, British mythical beings and gods, and a vampire.  It is an adult novel, but is set in a girl’s boarding school in Saint Malo France.  The initial scene was based on another novel titled Deidre: Enchantment and the School.

 

What I’ll do now is focus on the details of words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes on entertainment.  I can assure you if these are right, the other parts will be too.

 

A novel lives or dies based on the initial scene.  This means if you don’t get the initial scene right, you won’t sell the novel to a publisher, get the novel published, sell the novel when it is published, or get another novel published.  The initial scene is so important it is worth dedicating most of any discussion on writing to the initial scene.

 

Eventually, you finish your exciting and action packed initial scene, and you are ready to write the rising action.  The rising action is the heart of the novel.  It is the most fun part to write and the most interesting part of most novels.  However, notice, if the initial scene is poor, poorly written, boring, or whatever, no one will ever get into your rising action.

 

Let’s presume we have a good initial scene, and we are ready to move forward with the rising action.  Just follow the scene development outline.

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. Write the kicker

 

If we start with the scene input from the output of the previous scene and begin writing with the setting, we have made a great beginning.  The next question is what happens in the scene.

 

Each scene needs to have its own theme or idea that relates back to the telic flaw and to the input and setting.  In a scene, we need to develop tension.  In the development of the scene, the tension is what will make the scene entertaining.

 

Scenes have themes and novels have themes.  I don’t necessarily write down the theme of most of my scenes, but I always write down a theme statement for each of my novels.  I mostly do it for you, my readers, but I also do it as a creative exercise for myself.

 

Novel themes are works of creativity—they are the basis of a novel.  The trick is that we need to write one.  If you can write a theme statement, theoretically, you can write the novel.  Here are the two examples of theme statements I gave you yesterday.

 

For novel 30:  Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

 

For novel 31:  Deirdre and Sorcha are redirected to French finishing school where they discover difficult mysteries, people, and events.

 

I breached the concept of the theme as a movement in a novel—a movement just as the movement in a symphony has its own theme.  The theme of a movement in a symphony can’t be expressed with a single word even if we try with a word like allegro.  Likewise, the theme of a novel can’t be properly expressed with a single word like, love, horror, fear, and etc.  You definitely want to express the theme (movement), but you need more than a single word to express the theme of a novel.  At the same time, how do you capture the feel of a novel with even a statement?

 

This is why I suggest the use of the theme statement like the examples above.  I’ve toyed with longer theme statements, but I’ve found them useless.  I have written a “concept of the work,” but I’ve found these to be more explanatory than helpful for writing.  To be clear, in a concept of the work, the author tries to explain what he or she was trying to express artistically within the work.  Many times this is better left unsaid, but I’ve found it important for myself to write it down, almost always after the work was complete.  In other words, not helpful for writing, helpful for understanding.

 

There is a lot in both the idea of the theme, the concept of the plot, and the idea of storylines.  I think the theme statement captures the idea of the theme and the plot.  In fact, I have had other sources call a theme statement a plot statement.  This is why I think they are different.

 

The theme statement’s purpose is to capture the movement or feel of the novel—it is a beginning concept that doesn’t change through the writing of the novel.  On the other hand, the plot makes significant changes and development in my writing, and I assume in most writers writing.  If you asked me to outline or describe the plot, I’d have problems.  In fact, if you have written a synopsis of any novel, you know how difficult it is to get even a portion of the basic plot on paper.  Let’s step off from this and look at the idea of the synopsis, theme, and plot.  I still want to tie the theme statement to the themes in the scenes.

 

The most important thing for the scene is developing the entertainment in the scene.

 

I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com

www.aegyptnovel.com

http://www.sisteroflight.com

http://www.sisterofdarkness.com

www.centurionnovel.com

www.thesecondmission.com

www.theendofhonor.com

www.thefoxshonor.com

www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Current Novel, Theme Statements to Scene Themes

20 January 2020, 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.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. 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:  In Kansas.

Here are my rules of writing:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. 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.

 

I’m currently writing a novel that is a little difficult to explain.  It’s a reflected worldview novel so it includes fairy creatures, British mythical beings and gods, and a vampire.  It is an adult novel, but is set in a girl’s boarding school in Saint Malo France.  The initial scene was based on another novel titled Deidre: Enchantment and the School.

 

What I’ll do now is focus on the details of words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes on entertainment.  I can assure you if these are right, the other parts will be too.

 

A novel lives or dies based on the initial scene.  This means if you don’t get the initial scene right, you won’t sell the novel to a publisher, get the novel published, sell the novel when it is published, or get another novel published.  The initial scene is so important it is worth dedicating most of any discussion on writing to the initial scene.

 

Eventually, you finish your exciting and action packed initial scene, and you are ready to write the rising action.  The rising action is the heart of the novel.  It is the most fun part to write and the most interesting part of most novels.  However, notice, if the initial scene is poor, poorly written, boring, or whatever, no one will ever get into your rising action.

 

Let’s presume we have a good initial scene, and we are ready to move forward with the rising action.  Just follow the scene development outline.

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. Write the kicker

 

If we start with the scene input from the output of the previous scene and begin writing with the setting, we have made a great beginning.  The next question is what happens in the scene.

 

Each scene needs to have its own theme or idea that relates back to the telic flaw and to the input and setting.  In a scene, we need to develop tension.  In the development of the scene, the tension is what will make the scene entertaining.

 

Scenes have themes and novels have themes.  I don’t necessarily write down the theme of most of my scenes, but I always write down a theme statement for each of my novels.  I mostly do it for you, my readers, but I also do it as a creative exercise for myself.

 

Novel themes are works of creativity—they are the basis of a novel.  The trick is that we need to write one.  If you can write a theme statement, theoretically, you can write the novel.  Here are the two examples of theme statements I gave you yesterday.

 

For novel 30:  Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

 

For novel 31:  Deirdre and Sorcha are redirected to French finishing school where they discover difficult mysteries, people, and events.

 

My mentor, Roz Young, thought theme statements were critical tools for the author.  I’m less certain they are critical tools, but I know they are important tools.  You can literally write a novel based on a theme statement like those I crafted above.

 

The point of the theme statement is to provide a single word statement that encapsulates a novel.  Novels, of course, are too complex for a single statement to ever completely explain the plot or the overall story line.  In addition, I wrote before, a single word will never do to explain the theme of any novel.

 

The theme statement answers this question: what is the theme?  A theme is not a plot.  A theme is not a storyline.  A theme is not a plotline.  A theme is not a story arch.  A theme is a statement that captures the essence of the feel or movement of a novel.  I use the word movement intentionally—think of the movement of a symphony.  Some might imagine that a single word like allegro, andante, largo, and all, might adequately describe the movement of a symphony.  I can assure you, that single word might describe the speed and somberness of the piece, but no one could ever write a symphony movement based simply on one of these descriptive words, just as no one could ever write a novel based on a single word like love, hate, jealousy, anger, or any other single word.  What you require for a theme is a statement that conveys the movement of the novel.

 

This is why I wrote, setting, protagonist, antagonist, action word, and telic flaw.  These give you a potential theme.

 

The most important thing for the scene is developing the entertainment in the scene.

 

I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com

www.aegyptnovel.com

http://www.sisteroflight.com

http://www.sisterofdarkness.com

www.centurionnovel.com

www.thesecondmission.com

www.theendofhonor.com

www.thefoxshonor.com

www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Current Novel, Crafting Theme Statements

19 January 2020, 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.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. 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:  In Kansas.

Here are my rules of writing:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. 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.

 

I’m currently writing a novel that is a little difficult to explain.  It’s a reflected worldview novel so it includes fairy creatures, British mythical beings and gods, and a vampire.  It is an adult novel, but is set in a girl’s boarding school in Saint Malo France.  The initial scene was based on another novel titled Deidre: Enchantment and the School.

 

What I’ll do now is focus on the details of words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes on entertainment.  I can assure you if these are right, the other parts will be too.

 

A novel lives or dies based on the initial scene.  This means if you don’t get the initial scene right, you won’t sell the novel to a publisher, get the novel published, sell the novel when it is published, or get another novel published.  The initial scene is so important it is worth dedicating most of any discussion on writing to the initial scene.

 

Eventually, you finish your exciting and action packed initial scene, and you are ready to write the rising action.  The rising action is the heart of the novel.  It is the most fun part to write and the most interesting part of most novels.  However, notice, if the initial scene is poor, poorly written, boring, or whatever, no one will ever get into your rising action.

 

Let’s presume we have a good initial scene, and we are ready to move forward with the rising action.  Just follow the scene development outline.

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. Write the kicker

 

If we start with the scene input from the output of the previous scene and begin writing with the setting, we have made a great beginning.  The next question is what happens in the scene.

 

Each scene needs to have its own theme or idea that relates back to the telic flaw and to the input and setting.  In a scene, we need to develop tension.  In the development of the scene, the tension is what will make the scene entertaining.

 

Scenes have themes and novels have themes.  I don’t necessarily write down the theme of most of my scenes, but I always write down a theme statement for each of my novels.  I mostly do it for you, my readers, but I also do it as a creative exercise for myself.

 

Novel themes are works of creativity—they are the basis of a novel.  The trick is that we need to write one.  If you can write a theme statement, theoretically, you can write the novel.  Here are the two examples of theme statements I gave you yesterday.

 

For novel 30:  Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

 

For novel 31:  Deirdre and Sorcha are redirected to French finishing school where they discover difficult mysteries, people, and events.

 

To write these, I needed an initial setting—the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB, and French finishing school.  I also needed a protagonist.  In the first theme statement Red Sonja is the protagonist, while in the second, Deirdre and Sorcha—actually, Sorcha is the protagonist and Deirdre is the protagonist’s helper, but that isn’t really material.

 

You also get some information about the protagonists—this sets the protagonist and begins a description of them.  There is also a hint to the antagonist.  If you know the antagonist, it makes sense to list him or her directly.  In the case of one above, the test pilot is the presumed antagonist, and in the second, the finishing school hints at an antagonist.  The second also provides much more ambivalence with mysteries, people, and events.  This is intentional because I wanted an expansive touch for this novel.

 

The telic flaw is also hinted at in both.  In the first, the telic flaw is the redemption of Red Sonja.  In the second, the telic flaw is the finishing of Deirdre and Sorcha.  The point is there is a lot of information conveyed in these theme statements.  The purpose is to encapsulate in a statement what the novel is about.

 

The most important thing for the scene is developing the entertainment in the scene.

 

I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com

www.aegyptnovel.com

http://www.sisteroflight.com

http://www.sisterofdarkness.com

www.centurionnovel.com

www.thesecondmission.com

www.theendofhonor.com

www.thefoxshonor.com

www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Current Novel, Theme Statements

18 January 2020, 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.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. 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:  In Kansas.

Here are my rules of writing:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. 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.

 

I’m currently writing a novel that is a little difficult to explain.  It’s a reflected worldview novel so it includes fairy creatures, British mythical beings and gods, and a vampire.  It is an adult novel, but is set in a girl’s boarding school in Saint Malo France.  The initial scene was based on another novel titled Deidre: Enchantment and the School.

 

What I’ll do now is focus on the details of words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes on entertainment.  I can assure you if these are right, the other parts will be too.

 

A novel lives or dies based on the initial scene.  This means if you don’t get the initial scene right, you won’t sell the novel to a publisher, get the novel published, sell the novel when it is published, or get another novel published.  The initial scene is so important it is worth dedicating most of any discussion on writing to the initial scene.

 

Eventually, you finish your exciting and action packed initial scene, and you are ready to write the rising action.  The rising action is the heart of the novel.  It is the most fun part to write and the most interesting part of most novels.  However, notice, if the initial scene is poor, poorly written, boring, or whatever, no one will ever get into your rising action.

 

Let’s presume we have a good initial scene, and we are ready to move forward with the rising action.  Just follow the scene development outline.

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. Write the kicker

 

If we start with the scene input from the output of the previous scene and begin writing with the setting, we have made a great beginning.  The next question is what happens in the scene.

 

Each scene needs to have its own theme or idea that relates back to the telic flaw and to the input and setting.  In a scene, we need to develop tension.  In the development of the scene, the tension is what will make the scene entertaining.

 

Scenes have themes and novels have themes.  I don’t necessarily write down the theme of most of my scenes, but I always write down a theme statement for each of my novels.  I mostly do it for you, my readers, but I also do it as a creative exercise for myself.

 

Scenes need themes and novels need scenes.  Theme scenes are relatively easy.  Novel themes are the work of creativity.  A single word theme is almost impossible to use.  For example, the theme of love.  You can do a lot with love, but what the heck will you do with it.  This is why you need a theme statement.  What is a theme statement?

 

A theme statement is a single sentence where you list the protagonist, the antagonist or protagonist’s helper, the initial setting, the telic flaw, and an action word to connect the protagonist to the telic flaw or the antagonist.  Here are a couple of theme statements from novels I am writing at the moment:

 

For novel 30:  Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.

 

For novel 31:  Deirdre and Sorcha are redirected to French finishing school where they discover difficult mysteries, people, and events.

 

I can expand on these, but notice, these theme statements list the setting, the protagonist, the telic flaw, and the protagonist’s helper or the antagonist.  These are used by the author as a development of creativity and a focus for the novel.

 

The most important thing for the scene is developing the entertainment in the scene.

 

I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com

www.aegyptnovel.com

http://www.sisteroflight.com

http://www.sisterofdarkness.com

www.centurionnovel.com

www.thesecondmission.com

www.theendofhonor.com

www.thefoxshonor.com

www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Current Novel, Themes

17 January 2020, 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.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. 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:  In Kansas.

Here are my rules of writing:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. 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.

 

I’m currently writing a novel that is a little difficult to explain.  It’s a reflected worldview novel so it includes fairy creatures, British mythical beings and gods, and a vampire.  It is an adult novel, but is set in a girl’s boarding school in Saint Malo France.  The initial scene was based on another novel titled Deidre: Enchantment and the School.

 

What I’ll do now is focus on the details of words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes on entertainment.  I can assure you if these are right, the other parts will be too.

 

A novel lives or dies based on the initial scene.  This means if you don’t get the initial scene right, you won’t sell the novel to a publisher, get the novel published, sell the novel when it is published, or get another novel published.  The initial scene is so important it is worth dedicating most of any discussion on writing to the initial scene.

 

Eventually, you finish your exciting and action packed initial scene, and you are ready to write the rising action.  The rising action is the heart of the novel.  It is the most fun part to write and the most interesting part of most novels.  However, notice, if the initial scene is poor, poorly written, boring, or whatever, no one will ever get into your rising action.

 

Let’s presume we have a good initial scene, and we are ready to move forward with the rising action.  Just follow the scene development outline.

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. Write the kicker

 

If we start with the scene input from the output of the previous scene and begin writing with the setting, we have made a great beginning.  The next question is what happens in the scene.

 

Each scene needs to have its own theme or idea that relates back to the telic flaw and to the input and setting.  In a scene, we need to develop tension.  In the development of the scene, the tension is what will make the scene entertaining.

 

Scenes have themes and novels have themes.  I don’t necessarily write down the theme of most of my scenes, but I always write down a theme statement for each of my novels.  I mostly do it for you, my readers, but I also do it as a creative exercise for myself.

 

I do write down general themes for scenes when I need them in my notes.  Usually, this is when I am outlining a scene in my notes.  You know I’ve said I don’t outline my novels, what I do is keep notes on where I’m going.  Usually, as the idea hits me, I will make some notes about future scenes or at least what I want my characters to accomplish—then I write to the notes.

 

Many times your scene themes are obvious due to the input and output of the previous scenes.  In fact, the theme of your current scene should come directly from the output of the previous scene.  Or at least the setting and characters should be obvious, the theme might need a little more thought depending on the circumstance, but to be blunt, in most cases, the theme should be obvious.  If it isn’t, you might have done something wrong in your writing.

 

In any cases, scene themes should not nearly be as difficult as novel themes.  Let’s look at this a little.  As an introduction, I’ll remind you, my mentor Roz Young told me to write down the theme of my novels when I began to write them.  I found this very difficult to do, at first.  She wasn’t very willing to give me a good example of a theme statement, perhaps she didn’t know, or she wasn’t sure herself.  Or it was so obvious to her because of her training and experience.  I’m not so sure.  I wish I had asked for an example.  Let’s look at themes.

 

The most important thing for the scene is developing the entertainment in the scene.

 

I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com

www.aegyptnovel.com

http://www.sisteroflight.com

http://www.sisterofdarkness.com

www.centurionnovel.com

www.thesecondmission.com

www.theendofhonor.com

www.thefoxshonor.com

www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Current Novel, Basis for Tension

16 January 2020, 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.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. 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:  In Kansas.

Here are my rules of writing:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. 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.

 

I’m currently writing a novel that is a little difficult to explain.  It’s a reflected worldview novel so it includes fairy creatures, British mythical beings and gods, and a vampire.  It is an adult novel, but is set in a girl’s boarding school in Saint Malo France.  The initial scene was based on another novel titled Deidre: Enchantment and the School.

 

What I’ll do now is focus on the details of words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes on entertainment.  I can assure you if these are right, the other parts will be too.

 

A novel lives or dies based on the initial scene.  This means if you don’t get the initial scene right, you won’t sell the novel to a publisher, get the novel published, sell the novel when it is published, or get another novel published.  The initial scene is so important it is worth dedicating most of any discussion on writing to the initial scene.

 

Eventually, you finish your exciting and action packed initial scene, and you are ready to write the rising action.  The rising action is the heart of the novel.  It is the most fun part to write and the most interesting part of most novels.  However, notice, if the initial scene is poor, poorly written, boring, or whatever, no one will ever get into your rising action.

 

Let’s presume we have a good initial scene, and we are ready to move forward with the rising action.  Just follow the scene development outline.

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. Write the kicker

 

If we start with the scene input from the output of the previous scene and begin writing with the setting, we have made a great beginning.  The next question is what happens in the scene.

 

Each scene needs to have its own theme or idea that relates back to the telic flaw and to the input and setting.  In a scene, we need to develop tension.  In the development of the scene, the tension is what will make the scene entertaining.

 

Thoughts and motivations are the origins of the actions of your characters.  All these motivations are secret—they are not to be told, yet the author wants these motivations and thoughts to be discovered by the readers.  These are the undercurrents in the development of any great novel.

 

It’s all about the thoughts and motivations of the characters, yet these are unknown by the reader until they are revealed through actions and dialog.  The power of the writing is the means and timing of the revelation.  Thus, an author might take an entire novel to show us: She loves someone.

 

This is the power of all writing.  The simplicity of she loves someone should not detract for the complexity of the novel.  In fact, the novel or writing might be of great complexity in defining and describing through showing this very simple concept.  This is called the theme of the novel, by the way.  This is where we get all that overly simplistic stuff about plots and themes.  For example, all the themes in literature have already been used and so on.

 

Yes, love is a theme, but not a plot and not an end all.  For example, in the Harry Potty novels, what is the theme?  Revenge? Love? Magic? Messiah? Friendship? Rebellion? Revolution? Take your pick.  From the standpoint of a single word theme it is all of these.  That’s why we need theme statements.  The theme statement combines the setting, protagonist, antagonist, protagonist’s helper, theme ideas, and telic flaw into a single statement.  Here’s an example.

 

I won’t try to write a complete theme statement for the first Harry Potty novel, but here is an incomplete attempt.  The author likely has something like this in her notes—that is if she has had any training in classic novel writing.

 

In the modern world of British witches and wizards, Harry Potty, the boy who survived the death curse, and his youthful friends confront the evil and murderous Voldermort at their wizarding school.

 

Here you go.  This same theme statement pretty much covers all eight novels, so the author likely has something a little different for each one.  Notice, the setting, the protagonist, the antagonist, the telic flaw, and a little more info is conveyed through the theme statement.  This is the beginning of any novel.  You start with a theme statement of some kind.  Sometimes the author writes it down.

 

The most important thing for the scene is developing the entertainment in the scene.

 

I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com

www.aegyptnovel.com

http://www.sisteroflight.com

http://www.sisterofdarkness.com

www.centurionnovel.com

www.thesecondmission.com

www.theendofhonor.com

www.thefoxshonor.com

www.aseasonofhonor.com

fiction, theme, plot, story, storyline, character development, scene, setting, conversation, novel, book, writing, information, study, marketing, tension, release, creative, idea, logic

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