Writing – Style, Wonder Action Character Interaction

30 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. …

Wonder is my favorite means of tension development–it is also the most difficult.  Wonder is a tension development that is set up through multiple scenes to finally be released and revealed in a later scene.  So, for example, in the novel I am currently writing, my main character, Essie, is a very special and wonderful being.  You don’t get to see what she really is until about chapter 7.  I do get to put in some wonder in an earlier chapter when the reader and the protagonist’s helper see Essie change into a wildcat.  This is wonder.  Wonder are elements that bring shivers of excitement to your readers just because of the characteristics of your characters you reveal.  The supernatural are not the only kinds of wonder you can have.  The success of a person who works hard.  The revelation of a difficult life overcome.  The realization of a skill.  The realization of a power.  In general, wonder does come easily with extra-normal characteristics or the realization of extra-normal characteristics.  This is an area of literature that appeals to many and still has much play.  It is an area I like to plumb.

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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