Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, How is a Novel Written? My Novel Writing Plan

6 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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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.

 

So, this is what I need to write about again for you: scenes and the writing plan for a novel.

 

The writing plan for a novel is just logical.  I wrote before, but I will write again, we aim for 75,000 to 100,000 words in a full length novel.  I recommend aiming for 100,000 words, but 75,000 is good for a new author.  I aim for 100,000 words as my completion point.  You might say, how do you know you will finish in 100,000 words?  I don’t—I aim for that goal, but if I get to 75,000 and the novel is done or to 125,000 and the novel is done, the novel is still complete, and I’m happy.  The point is completion.  Everything else is worthless.  Even if you write a terrible novel, a terrible complete novel is more than a terrible incomplete novel.

 

Aim for 100,000 words.  100,000 words is 20, 5,000 word chapters.  5,000 double spaced 12 point times new roman font fits on 20 pages.  My plan is this.  I write a chapter and aim for 20 pages of double spaced 12 point times new roman font.  I aim for 20 pages.  Sometimes I get 18 pages and sometimes I get 25 pages.  The precise number isn’t important.  I write in scenes until the scene is complete.  Some scenes fit in a single chapter and some chapters fit multiple scenes.  You don’t have to be a stickler about the numbers, you just need a goal, and a place to stop.

 

I used to worry about where to start and stop chapters.  I don’t anymore.  I write until the end of a scene and about 20 pages.  When I get to 20 pages, I finish the scene and wrap up the chapter.  This makes it easy for many reasons.

 

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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