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

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

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. …

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.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com
www.aegyptnovel.com
http://www.sisteroflight.com
http://www.sisterofdarkness.com
www.centurionnovel.com
www.thesecondmission.com
www.theendofhonor.com
www.thefoxshonor.com
www.aseasonofhonor.com

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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s