20 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.
You need to either cultivate or learn these skills—that is to live your life and to discover stories in the life you live.
You might say, how can I do this? I’m not sure either, but let me help you. If you want to be able to write creative and great stuff, you need to have life experiences (live life) that provide the capability and ideas to write. I intentionally led off with my life to build experiences. Perhaps I didn’t intentionally do this, but especially as I stuck out into college, I pushed myself and my life to gain knowledge and experiences within the context of my studies to broaden my life.
The what might not be what you think. I wasn’t looking for parties, perversity, or purulence. I was looking for education, studies, and experiences. To achieve my goals, I was a Chemistry major, I joined the ROTC, and I took courses that excited my imagination and creativity. The courses were literature, language, drama, and religion. Further, I wrote and I studied.
Through the ROTC, I went to field training, I flew aircraft, and I had unique experiences. I chose to expand my world in ways that would build my experiences in a positive way. If you want to be a writer, I think you should do the same.
The power in these experiences is the education. You might think that the experiences of parties, perversity, and purulence would also build your creativity—na, not so much. It might ruin your mind, your body, and your morality—it certainly won’t improve your ability to create or write.
Cultivate an exciting life—the means for this is through study and positive experiences. Especially experiences you can remember—ha ha. Really, how many great authors have been drug addled, uneducated, and inexperienced?
There are some other means to gain creative ideas.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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