Writing – Pathos and Theme

28 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.

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)

If we can create a character whom readers will love right from the beginning, half the work of the writing is done. I mean—if the purpose of writing is to entertain, entertaining characters will always win the field. I try to develop characters that people love right from the beginning, and I try to pepper my writing with characters my readers will love and enjoy. Occasionally, I stick in characters to act as foils. Many times, my greatest foils were once the beloved protagonists of my novels.

For example, I use Ceridwen as one of those foils—yet, she was the protagonist of one of my novels. I also use Lumière Bolang as a foil and yet, she was one of my best protagonists—a character of great pathos and gentle power. The reason these characters make great foils is because of their power as characters. They are enjoyable characters and to see them in a slightly different or responsible role brings even greater entertainment.

Perhaps this is the power of real life—we expect people to eventually overcome their environments and their faults and become adults. This is an overall theme in my writing. This is the point of a character who begins in a pathetic state—they must overcome (or be overcome). In a comedy, the character overcomes their environment and position. In a tragedy, they are overcome.

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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