Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, How is a Novel Written? Brainstorming Telic Ideas, more Daydreams and Music

12 June 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.

  1. The initial scene
  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.

Short digression:  back in the USA.

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.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. 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:

 

  1. What a novel is.
  2. How a novel is constructed.
  3. How a novel is entertaining.
  4. How a novel is written.
  5. How novels have evolved.
  6. 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, life events, technology, setting, and plot outlining might produce ideas worth writing.  How do we find an idea to write about?

 

You can write a novel based on a brainstormed idea from a list—let’s explore these ideas in all their parts.  If you notice from the list above, all the words following brainstorming are examples of lists for brainstorming.

 

Daydreaming is just thinking.  Most people don’t just think enough.  You should get into the habit.  If you are like me, you can’t sit still and just think.  What I need to do is study a little—I’m a studier.  I think you can find all different types of methods for thinking or aiding your thinking.  Here’s my list:

 

  1. Studier – visual
  2. Music – aural
  3. Builder – touch
  4. Cook – smell and taste

 

I’d like to be able to write that by listening to music you can gain creative ideas, but that isn’t exactly true.  You aren’t going to like my statements on creative ideas and music.  In gaining creative musical ideas, the means is through the study of music.  Listening is one part of it, but the study of music is an important part of gaining creativity from it.

 

Here is an example.  I use music in all my novels.  I use classical and some popular music as well as plays, opera, ballet, and etc.  To be able to use these I have to be familiar with them and their details.  If you know my writing, you know I am meticulous in my historical and immediate details.  If my character is singing and playing popular music in 1980, I will list and know the popular music she is singing or playing.  I will use this popular music as a means of progressing the plot and theme, and I will know the details.

 

I use opera, ballet, plays, and etc. in a similar fashion.  The point is this—how do you write about music if you don’t know about the music.  I know music and especially classical music intimately.  This allows me to incorporate this into my novels.

 

I get my ideas for putting these topics and items in my novels through the study or music—yeah, I listen to it, but that’s only a small part of it.  I play it.  I read it.  I know it.  I am familiar with the music.  For operas and ballets, I have either seen them or been in them.  Same for plays.  You don’t have to go to this extreme, but it helps.

 

To wrap this up, to gain creative ideas from music, you must study music.  It isn’t enough to just listen even if you know every word by heart.

 

There are some other means to study (gain creative ideas).

 

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

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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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