25 February 2014, 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 the rising action.
1. The beginning
2. The rising action
3. The Climax
4. The falling action
5. The dénouement
Announcement: My publisher just announced that I would be receiving the proofs for Sister of Light on Monday and Sister of Darkness the next Monday. That means by the time you read this, the novels should be in print. I’ll keep you updated, but my publisher also wants to put about 10 of my novels on contract.
Today’s Blog: The skill of using language in a large degree comes from the ability to put together figures of speech that act as symbols in writing.
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.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.
The things that will throw me out of the story:
Bad word choices
1. Difficult words
2. Words that don’t match
3. The wrong word
4. An illogical word
5. An incorrect word
6. A vulgarity
7. An unnoticed pun
8. A misused word
9. A colloquialism
We will look at, Words that don’t match due to:
1. Science (not invented yet)
2. Culture (word exists, not used)
3. Culture (not invented yet)
4. Groups or people out of time
5. Substance (not invented yet)
6. Concept (not used in the culture)
7. Idea (not used of the word)
8. Place (not existing at the time)
9. Words that don’t fit
My favorite example of a colloquialism is “where’s the beef.” The statement “Where’s the beef” is an advertising tag-line for Wendy’s about their hamburgers. The point of the advertising was to compare the Wendy’s big patty with the competitions littler patties. The spokeswoman for the advertisement was an old lady who asked, “where’s the beef.” This statement was considered hip, funny, and indicative of much of consumerism. In short, this statement became a very important part of social life and understanding in the USA.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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