25 March 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
In word fit, the reality is both the words of the past and the words in current use. A word like computer used in a Victorian setting is absurd, unless the character comments, “Jane, you are very good at computing figures.” Even this use could be pressing the edge, but I think you get the idea. It is the context of the words used and not just the words themselves. Like conversation, the author has to make sure the words used sound correct for the context of the writing.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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