7 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.
So, this is what I need to write about again for you: scenes and the writing plan for a novel.
Novels are not written in chapters, paragraphs, sentences, or sections. Novels are always written in scenes. The scenes happen to be made up of paragraphs and sentences. The chapters happen to be made up by scenes. Sections include chapters. In any case, scenes must be the focus of your writing.
The number of scenes in a novel is enough to resolve the telic flaw. The number of sentences, paragraphs, chapters, or sections is immaterial the only thing that matters is the number of scenes that just happen to resolve the telic flaw. Your motto should be never a scene out of place—never a scene to many.
We write novels to entertain. The novel entertains by resolving the telic flaw of the protagonist. The resolution of the telic flaw occurs through the revelation of the protagonist. Every scene must reveal the protagonist within the context of resolving the telic flaw. The scenes are specific, required, and necessary. They must all reveal the protagonist and work toward the resolution of the telic flaw.
This means, as I mentioned already, the number of sections, chapters, paragraphs, and sentences is immaterial. This is also why I can authoritatively tell you—aim for chapters of about 20 double spaced 12 pitch times new roman font. The scenes matter but not the chapter. Thus if you have completed scenes in a chapter, it doesn’t matter how long the chapter is. I just want you to have a goal to strive for.
100,000 words made up of 20 chapters of about 5,000 words each which just happens to be about 20 double spaced 12 pitch times new roman font pages. This is my goal, and should you choose to accept it, this is your goal.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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