28 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
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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
c. Scene development
d. Word use
g. Use of figures of speech
I. Character revelation
k. Real world ties
m. Character interaction
2. Scene based style
c. Tension and release development
e. Theme development
How do write your scenes–tension development? Tension is developed through emotion. Here are some emotions to get us started:
Irritation isn’t the only tension builder you can mix with others, but it is an easy one. You can always find a way to invoke irritation between characters. Even the most easy-going and gentle of characters has a point of irritation or of incompatibility. A good author determines these small problems early and uses them in every scene. They are both good for humor and for tension development. Let’s delve a little into humor. Humor is simply an emotion taken to the point of absurdity. You can easily go too far with this, but for most writing, a slight build of humor is both good for the writing and good for the reading. Even in very tense and emotional scenes a touch of humor can provide a bit of human relief that expands the power of the scene. I’ll see if I can provide a good example.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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