26 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
The problem with the colloquialism “where’s the beef” is that it is not self explanatory, and it doesn’t lend itself well to explanation. It is a cultural phenomena that an author must use great caution using. In addition to it not being a long term cultural concept–if used, it must be placed properly in time. You obviously can’t use it too early and you can’t use it too late. It can only fit into one specific and very limited time period. If you use it, you must either explain it or have your characters watch the commercial.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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