27 January 2016, 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.
- The beginning
- The rising action
- The Climax
- The falling action
- The dénouement
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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:
- Entertain your readers.
- Don’t confuse your readers.
- Ground your readers in the writing.
- Don’t show (or tell) everything.
4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.
- 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 input (easy)
- Scene output (a little harder)
- Scene setting (basic stuff)
- Creativity (creative elements of the scene)
- Tension (development of creative elements to build excitement)
- Release (climax of creative elements)
The plot is the revelation of the characters. The author doesn’t show everything, and the plot is where the necessary revelation occurs. To develop the plot, the author takes the characters and the theme and imagines the portions (scenes) of the plot that might be entertaining. I’ll give you an easier means to accomplish this.
Picture the initial scene. Use your theme statement. Character description is a critical and necessary part of every scene. Just like the setting of the scene, character description is something a writer must research and develop before writing. I completely develop a character before I write about them. This means I know the name, history, clothing, styles, character, and etc. of my characters before I write.
When you set the characters, you will be using at least 300 words to describe a major character and 100 words for a minor character. Additional description might make up another 200 words. Already in a 5000 word chapter or scene, we have used about 1500 to 2000 words.
For each character, we describe features and clothing—don’t describe character or thoughts. Never describe character or thoughts. Never give reasons for actions outside of conversation. This is a great topic for setting and creativity.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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