Writing – Style, more Mixed Irritation Tension Scene Description Action Character Interaction

27 July 2015, 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 style.

1. The beginning
2. The rising action
3. The Climax
4. The falling action
5. The dénouement

Announcement:   Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy.  Ancient Light includes Aegypt, Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  If you are interested in historical/suspense literature, please give my novels a try.  You can read about them at http://www.ancientlight.com.  I’ll keep you updated.

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.

Let’s define the elements of style and evaluate each of them:

1.  Novel based style
a.  Writing focus
b.  Conversations
c.  Scene development
d.  Word use
e.  Foreshadowing
f.  Analogies
g.  Use of figures of speech
h.  Subthemes
I.  Character revelation
j.  Historicity
k.  Real world ties
l.  Punctuation
m.  Character interaction

2.  Scene based style
a.  Time
b.  Setting
c.  Tension and release development
d.  Revelation
e.  Theme development
f.  POV

How do write your scenes–tension development?  Tension is developed through emotion.  Here are some emotions to get us started:

1. Sexual
2. Sensual
3.  Fear
4.  Gastronomical
5.  Indulgence
6.  Anger
7.  Irritation
8.  Wonder
9.  Creativity
10.  Secrets
11. …

The mixing of tension development in a scene adds incredible depth to any scene.  With one character you can pit them against the environment and the world, but that’s about all.  Add a character to a scene and you can have all kinds of issues in the background, but really only one tension builder at a time.  Add a third character, now each character can express a single tension development in the scene.  In fact, unless you wish to have a wallflower character, that character must be involved in the tension development in some way.  The reality is two characters a single tension development (potentially more).  Three characters, at least two tension developments and potentially three (or more).  Why?  Because there is always an interaction (tension development) between the protagonist and any major character (first and second character).  There is always a potential interaction between other major characters and the protagonist (or protagonist’s helper).  There is always a potential interaction between the protagonist and the protagonist’s helper.  The more characters, the more interactions possible.

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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2 Responses to Writing – Style, more Mixed Irritation Tension Scene Description Action Character Interaction

  1. Good tips! Best of luck on your novels.

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