26 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
Let’s wrap up time as a tension builder. Time has taken us around quite a bit. We went from time as a tension builder (expectation and revelation), to the development of expectation (don’t tell everything), to the development of symbols (they mark time in a way nothing else can and develop expectation). We ended with the concept of interpreting literature.
The point, in this context, is this. As long as we are working from a cohesive set of symbols (language, culture, history, etc.), we can communicate on a literary level. The power of literature is this type of communication. I made the point that authors write to be understood, and they use symbols to drive the power of their writing. We can’t forget this.
I’ll write about secrets 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.