23 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.
Listing technology can be used for science fiction and for general modern novels if you use an indistinct time setting for the modern novel. For example, let’s say I made a list and one of the technologies on the list was a flying car. If I chose to write a novel including a flying car, I could set it in the near future, a modern novel with an unspecified time, or I could set it in some other future. In any case, with a flying car, I might produce a novel. I could either base the novel on a flying car or include a flying car.
The “base the novel” on a flying car would be to center the telic flaw or the resolution on a flying car. In the case of the telic flaw, I could project a novel based on developing a flying car. I could project a novel on stealing, building, flying, making a trip, escaping, and etc. This would make a flying car a factor in the telic flaw of the novel. I might have the flying car as an action item. For example, the flying car could be used as a means of stealing, moving something, and all. In one case, the flying car is the focus of the novel. In the other, the flying car becomes a means for the action in the novel.
I could further have the flying car as a means of resolution. For example, the flying car could be the means the detective uses to discover the criminal. Or the fling car might be the means of making a rescue or other means of saving the protagonist.
So, technology (like a flying car) can be the telic flaw. It can be the means or mechanism of the telic flaw. It can be the resolution of the telic flaw. These are all critical actions in a novel and we can get to it through making a list. Such a list might excite even more ideas for a novel.
There are some other means to gain creative ideas.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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