Rising Action – Audience, the Wrong Word

29 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:

Grammar issues
Historical issues
Word overuse
Science issues
Logic issues
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

Have you ever read a novel or a story and encountered the wrong word used in the wrong context?  The is a whole category of figures of speech used to describe the intentional use of the wrong word–that is as a joke.  This isn’t part of the usual humor that I use in my writing, so I’m trying to think of a good example for you.  Usually the word is big and the character means something completely different.  Like, “Let’s go extrasize” for “let’s go exercise.”  Or “I’m losing my exposure” for “I’m losing my composure.”  These are examples of the intentional misuse of words for the purpose of comedy.

I’ll write more tomorrow.

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About L.D. Alford

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. His writing distinctively develops the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he is widely traveled and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the USAF Test Pilot School. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality. He is the author of three historical fiction novels: Centurion, Aegypt, and The Second Mission, and three science fiction novels: The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, and A Season of Honor.
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