2 July 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.
The next step is the discipline to write. Part of that is motivation to write. My motivation comes with a creative idea.
How get you up to a high level of skill? The only way I know to get there is through experience. Experience means writing. I’m trying not to put you off or out. I know it sounds very daunting when I write that you must write about one million words to reach a professional level of experience. But this is what you must do. We can try to ease your way, but I think the most effective manner is to write the kind of stuff you love.
Here is the point. Some people read novels they hate because they have to or because they think it is important to read those novels. Since novels are all supposed to be written to entertain, if a classic doesn’t entertain you, it may mean a couple of things. Your vocabulary and mental acuity might be well below the novel. You do have to work up in reading experience to be able to grasp the complex plots of some complex novels. On the other hand, James Joyce is a horrific writer. You might as well read his novels to say you did, but no one can enjoy them, and they are not entertaining. If you are entertained by the novel, you can read them until you drop. I used to read a novel a day and love it.
Likewise, if you enjoy what you are writing, you can write all day. You can write at least a chapter, 5,000 words. I know I’ve written up to 10,000 words in a day. I don’t advise writing that much, but if you love what you are writing, you can write quite a lot.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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