26 October 2016, 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
- The Climax
- The falling action
- The dénouement
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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 on the tarmac at 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.
- Scene input (easy)
- Scene output (a little harder)
- Scene setting (basic stuff)
- Creativity (creative elements of the scene)
- Tension (development of creative elements to build excitement)
- Release (climax of creative elements)
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.
Here is the breakdown of my reader’s question(s):
- Explain to your readership how you define, identify, develop and present rhetorical situations in your novels.
- Present a framework for rhetorical situations, as well as tricks, traps and techniques, with examples.
- Employ Aristotle’s (5) elements of rhetoric: Logos Ethos, Pathos, Telos and Kairos, to provide writer’s advice.
- Use this approach to provide elements of rhetoric, and good speech writing for use in a debate club.
This is the basic form of a logical argument in philosophical logic.
From my standpoint, logic is the beginning of everything—philosophical logic. Also, from my standpoint, I don’t wish to interject my viewpoints on my readers. I wish to interject my characters viewpoints on my readers. These are very important concepts.
Suspension of reality requires the following:
- Strong initial paragraphs
- Strong initial scene
- Well developed characters
- Well written
- Appropriately written
- No distractors
- Language power
- Well developed theme
I already began evaluating characters based on rhetorical arguments. There are five elements of a rhetorical argument. Or you could say, there are five methods of argument in rhetoric. Rhetoric is a literary argument—an argument in words. Here is the quick list:
- Pathos – an argument based on emotions
- Logos – an argument based on logic
- Ethos – an argument based on authority or credibility
- Kairos – an argument based on an expression presented at the correct time
- Telos – an argument based on a stated conclusion or purpose
In my opinion, all novels use rhetoric to suspend reality for the reader. The better the use of rhetoric, the better the suspension of reality. The better the suspension of reality, the better the novel. I was looking at characters and showed how a pathetic character can be used to great effect by an author. I recommend the pathos developed character because the use of emotion is a powerful means of suspending reality for the reader. There are other means. The means loosely follow the five methods in rhetoric. These five methods were developed by the Greeks. Part of the problem with Greek thought is that although it is close to our own, it isn’t exactly our own. Before we move a step further, I need to make something exceedingly clear. First, everyone sees the world differently than everyone else. That doesn’t mean there isn’t any overlap, but it means even people from the same culture, society, language, religion, family, sex, etc. can misunderstand each other and see the world from different perspectives.
Second, people from different cultures, societies, languages, religions, sex etc. see the world differently than you do. We are all different. Cultures, societies, languages, religions, sexes, etc. are all different and people in these different groups see the world differently than you do. We are not the same, and we don’t see the world the same. The Greek worldview and especially, the ancient Greek worldview is different than ours today. To understand these tools in rhetoric, we need to understand a little of the Greek worldview and the ancient Greeks.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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