24 June 2012, this blog is about writing in 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 the rising action.
1. The beginning
2. The rising action
3. The Climax
4. The falling action
5. The dénouement
Tension and release is the method of development of the rising action. There are obviously degrees of tension and release–let’s look at them.
How to create tension and release. Let’s start a list, off the cuff:
5. Hunger or thirst
9. Pain and suffering
16. Gender confusion
This goes directly back to what I’ve written about studying to write historical fiction or science fiction. If the reader interprets and the writer is passive, then there is no purpose is trying to be accurate or logical. Many post modernists look at abstract styles such as the writing of James Joyce and agree. I personally think James Joyce is crappy literature. If you don’t believe me–read it. James Joyce is one of those novelists who those who imagine they are educated don’t read, don’t quote (I personally like to quote KMRIA from Ulysses), and have no idea what is inside, but still try to imagine is great literature.
Great literature doesn’t intentionally hide its meaning. Great literature is not difficult to enjoy. Great literature is great because people want and like to read it–there is nothing a mother could like in James Joyce. You are allowed to skip him. Please pick up something else to read. I assure you there are many other better writers. In spite of this, James Joyce depended on symbols and metaphor to get his ideas across. He depended too much on symbols and metaphor–in my mind. So, to keep your writing strong–write first to entertain.
I’ll write more about symbols and time as a tension builder, tomorrow. I also want to leave myself a note. I was asked by one of my blog readers to explain how I decide what to tell and what not to tell in my writing. I’ll try to keep this in mind as I touch on the rest of the tension building topics.