28 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
Announcement: I need a new publisher. Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy and it may not be published. 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:
- 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.
What about a list of plot or theme ideas. Here is an example of a theme statement. The theme statement of my latest novel is:
Lady Azure Rose Wishart, the Chancellor of the Fae, supernatural detective, and all around dangerous girl, finds love, solves cases, breaks heads, and plays golf.
The theme statement describes a protagonist, potentially lists an antagonist or protagonist’s helper, gives an initial setting, and has an action word to describe the action of the protagonist.
Here is one means to make lists. Write theme statements that interest you. You don’t have to be detailed. Just write some down. Write theme statements randomly or ones that obviously interest you. For example, if I wanted to write a book about a witch, I might write some theme statements:
The witch of the vale owned a small shop outside the town and had many customers for her potions.
The witch in the town kept a dark store that catered to odd customers—she came into contention with her neighbors.
The witch went routinely to state dinners and no one had any idea who they sat next to or that her ideas were not in line with official policy.
I threw these out as just general theme statements about a witch. You need to start somewhere and let your imagination move a little. You don’t have to think too hard or too long. You don’t have to fully engage or become enamored of an idea, but if you do, you have a potential. This is not precisely how I generate novel ideas, but it is close. I usually start with the protagonist, a character, and then begin to brainstorm the theme statement. Some call this a plot idea or even a plot outline statement that is the statements above.
You can also work from a list of plots.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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