Writing – Creativity some Conclusions

25 December 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 creativity.

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 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.

Creativity is the extrapolation of older ideas to form new ones or to present old ideas in a new form. It is a reflection of something new created with ties to the history, science, and logic (the intellect).  Creativity requires consuming, thinking, and producing.

How can I be creative? Or better yet, how do I generate ideas? Or, when will I get my next idea?

I’m going to hold onto this theme statement for now: a British dragon ambushes a seeking boy, and Essie solves the boy’s seeking through Claire. I’ll let this stand since I’m not writing on this or any new work at the moment.

If the following is the outline for scene development.

Scene development:

  1. Scene input (easy)
  2. Scene output (a little harder)
  3. Scene setting (basic stuff)
  4. Creativity (creative elements of the scene)
  5. Tension (development of creative elements to build excitement)
  6. Release (climax of creative elements)

Let’s look back at my definition of creativity. Creativity is the extrapolation of older ideas to form new ones or to present old ideas in a new form. It is a reflection of something new created with ties to the history, science, and logic (the intellect).  Creativity requires consuming, thinking, and producing.

Happy Christmas—I could use some creativity in my stocking.

That’s it for showing the creativity that drove my novels. The question now, for me, is getting a new creative idea worth writing about. The way I’m approaching this is through editing and reading and all the other methods I described to you for developing creativity. I don’t think watching TV is a good means to develop creativity. I don’t. I do believe that watching certain movies and shows can build creativity. I think you have to find some very creative stuff to be willing to watch it to develop creativity. I find reading and writing to be the best method for creativity development.

That’s just what I’m doing now. I’m reading and editing and writing. I’m also watching some great foreign language shows and reading graphic novels. I will mine some great ideas from these sources, and I’ll write another novels soon. I think November is supposed to be novel writing month. I’m not sure I’ll have an idea by then, but who knows.

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.
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