10 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 written in scenes. Therefore, if you want to write a novel, you need to be able to write good scenes, and you need a plan to write your novel’s scenes.
This is a scene outline:
- The initial scene.
- The rising action scenes.
- The climax scene.
- The falling action scene(s).
- The dénouement scene(s).
If you have a protagonist, the single scenes should be easy to develop. Your protagonist must have a telic flaw.
The initial scene introduces the protagonist, the antagonist or protagonist’s helper, and expresses the telic flaw.
The climax scene resolves the telic flaw of the novel and protagonist.
The falling action scene moves the events of the climax to the dénouement.
The dénouement closes out the novel and gets the characters off the stage.
As long as you have a protagonist and a telic flaw, you have a novel and you have an outline for the singular scenes in the outline.
The only other section of note is the rising action. The rising action can’t be a single scene. It could potentially be a single scene, but this would be a very difficult novel.
I don’t have a rule of thumb for scenes in the rising action, but let me give you some ideas. Usually, you will find one to two scenes in a chapter. The last chapter usually includes the climax, falling action, and the dénouement. The first chapter usually includes the initial scene plus one or two others. This means a rising action of about 36 to 54 scenes. That may sound like a large number, but for a 100,000 word novel, this is pretty normal. Those 36 to 54 scenes is the revelation of the protagonist and the lead up to the resolution of the telic flaw.
If you fully realize, the rising action scenes provide the necessary revelation of the protagonist and specifically the resolution of each element that leads to the telic flaw resolution. This gets very complicated—let’s try to figure out how this might work.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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