14 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.
- 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, 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:
- Studier – visual
- Music – aural
- Builder – touch
- Cook – smell and taste
Touch can provide excellent sources for description and information in a novel, but we are talking about creative ideas here. I suspect to the sensitive, touch itself can generate ideas worth writing that is creative ideas, but for many a little more stimulation is required. The answer is making or building.
Making or building includes many important and related subjects or activities. For example, art (painting, drawing), music (writing, composing), making (building, handicrafts), and other creative endeavors. You might say there is some degree of creativity required to produce any of these, and my answer is yes there is. You can sculpt these activities, especially today, without much creativity on your part but with the expectation they will produce something such as a creative idea for writing in your mind.
For example, doodling. People doodle all the time. It is a habit and can possibly lead to the development of creative ideas. You can draw or paint. Painting from the real world or expressing something concrete from a mental picture can provide a great source of creative insight. For example, you draw a spaceship based on scientific principle then use that idea for a science fiction novel. You could possibly base an entire novel on such an idea especially if the spaceship is unique enough. I did just that with my Ghost Ship Chronicles. The initial ship drawing was one I did as a youth, and I turned it into a full set of novels. The is more to touch and creativity.
There are some other means to study (gain creative ideas).
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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