27 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
Every writer needs prepublication readers. These are the people you trust to give you feedback about your writing. Hopefully they will give you real feedback–that is truthful feedback. I will take any feedback, but feedback that gets into the writing and helps you improve your writing is the perfect kind of feedback. I don’t mind editing, but the most powerful kind of feedback is the kind that tells you whether the writing makes sense and fits. If you have not read early works by some great authors, you need to put that on your reading schedule. Many of these books are free from the Gutenberg Project. For example, read some early Edgar Rice Burroughs like The Oakdale Affair or from Francis Hodgson Burnett like Vagabondia. These are the first books these people wrote, and I’m not sure they were ever published. By reading them, you will get an idea of where they came from before they had a published book–you will also realize that these were part of the 1 million words these writer had to write before they were published.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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