Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, How is a Novel Written? Discipline, Experience, and Love

3 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.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action
  3. The Climax
  4. The falling action
  5. 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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. 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:

 

  1. What a novel is.
  2. How a novel is constructed.
  3. How a novel is entertaining.
  4. How a novel is written.
  5. How novels have evolved.
  6. 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.

 

Do you love to write?  If you don’t, you won’t get very far.  Writing has to be an all-consuming passion in your life.  You have to love it so much you will give up a lot to do it.  Some people have a passion for art (painting and drawing).  Some have a passion for golf or other sports.  Some have a passion for reading.  If you have a passion for reading, you might also have a desire to write.  You have to turn that desire into a life-long passion.

 

Let’s be clear.  I know many golfers with a life-long passion for the sport, but they aren’t on the PGA tour.  Likewise, I know many artists who don’t sell a painting more than one a year—and some who have never sold a painting.  I know writers who have some of the passion, but I’ve never met a writer who is truly passionate and dedicated to writing who is not published.  The question, I guess, is what is truly passionate and dedicated?

 

Are you always ready to write and is your first thought to writing.  If it isn’t, you aren’t there and you likely can’t get there.  I’m not saying you have to give every moment to writing, but if you read or hear bestselling authors speak, you will hear a similar dedication.  Many get up very early in the morning and write until the sun comes up.  Some spend every free moment writing or thinking about their writing.   I dedicate Saturday and Sunday to writing, and write my blogs every day.  I would write my fiction every day, but I have my own writing rituals that I use to study, relax, and put words on paper.  That’s because my day job is full time.  When my day job was mostly consulting, I could take entire days to write.  I can write an entire novel in a month.  Now it takes me about four to six months to write a full length novel.

 

In any case, you must love to write, and you must dedication yourself to your writing.  This is the only way you can build enough experience and skill to become a published author.

 

I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com

www.aegyptnovel.com

http://www.sisteroflight.com

http://www.sisterofdarkness.com

www.centurionnovel.com

www.thesecondmission.com

www.theendofhonor.com

www.thefoxshonor.com

www.aseasonofhonor.com

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About L.D. Alford

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. His writing distinctively develops the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he is widely traveled and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the USAF Test Pilot School. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality. He is the author of three historical fiction novels: Centurion, Aegypt, and The Second Mission, and three science fiction novels: The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, and A Season of Honor.
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