20 August 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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
We slipped from weapons directly into transportation. Weapons, transportation, and warfare fit directly together. The major innovations in transportation occurred mainly to support warfare. At least they were connected by warfare and the desire for trade. Which came first and which were more important, who knows.
Transportation moves directly into trade because trade, other than warfare, is the primary reason for transportation. What you needed however, was a safe and protected trading and transportation environment.
While we are at it, we might as well look at navigation aids for land and water. They are relatively similar. Navigation aids for the air have had a much stronger run than those for the seas. At the moment, let’s just note, there are these two types, land and sea. The ones for the seas are set on the coasts usually in light houses. They serve two purposes, first triangulation further than sight through electronic means and second electronic warning about the places the light houses protect.
For the air, navigation aids started with the NDB (non-directional beacon) an AM radio that sent out a strong signal with a Morse code identifier. Sea based navigation aids similarly put out a Morse code identifier. An aircraft or ship could use the signals to home and track to the navigation aid. Over the land, the aircraft could travel to the NDB and know exactly where it was. In fact, by measuring the track to the station, the aircraft could know where it was on a line from the NDB. If it had two NDBs in range, it could triangulate on a chart and determine exactly where it was. Then came the VOR.
The VOR (VHF omnidirectional range) device sent out a signal that provided the aircraft with a tracking signal such that the aircraft could follow a course. The pilot set the course on an HSI (Horizontal Situation Indicator) or a CDI (Course Direction Indicator) and followed the course toward the station. This is a lot easier than an NDB. Then came TACAN, but that’s next.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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