29 May 2018, 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 how to begin and write a novel.
- The initial scene
- 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.
Short digression: back in the USA.
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.
Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:
- Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
- Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
- Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
- Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
- Write the release
- Write the kicker
First step of writing—enjoy writing. Writing is a chore—especially if you don’t know what you are doing, and you don’t know where you are going. Let me help you with that.
How do we gain the skills to write well? Let’s begin with reading. Reading allows us to understand the following:
- What a novel is.
- How a novel is constructed.
- How a novel is entertaining.
- How a novel is written.
- How novels have evolved.
- Different genre in novels.
If we understand what makes a novel entertaining, we can move on to how a novel is written.
This idea incorporates significant concepts about writing. First of all, the author must be a skilled reader. Second, the author must be a skilled writer. Third, the author must have an idea. Forth, the author must have the discipline to write a novel.
Brainstorming, lists, dreams, daydreaming, plot outlining, and all might produce ideas worth writing. How do we find an idea to write about?
To me, creative elements write the scene. I don’t need any ideas beyond them. But I know that won’t do for an explanation. I know you want some concrete explanation to help you develop ideas for a scene. I’ll do what I can.
Perhaps if we start with the setting elements, turn them into creative elements, and see how they might build an idea for a scene.
What about golf? Yesterday, I looked at specific cultural and social events like tea. These are wonderful means to create dialog and action. Until my latest novel, I always wanted to interject golf into a novel as a setting element which would automatically become a creative element.
Notice that many setting elements automatically become creative elements—tea is similar. In any case, golf seemed like a reasonable and interesting way to force action and dialog into a scene. This is exactly what I did.
In my latest novel, my protagonist played four rounds of golf. In each case, the setup and the setting was easy—data on golf courses is very available. The action was the golfing. The focus was to a degree the golf, but the main part and portion was the dialog between the characters.
My goal as a writer was to provide a situation where my characters could discuss very private information–and it worked perfectly. I’m not sure how my readers or my publisher will take it, but I liked it. Perhaps I should provide an example.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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