Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, How is a Novel Written? My Novel Writing Plan, Rising Action Sequential Scenes still more Examples

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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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

  1. The initial scene.
  2. The rising action scenes.
  3. The climax scene.
  4. The falling action scene(s).
  5. The dénouement scene(s).


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 write and I recommend writing using sequential scenes.  I’ll use Blue Rose Enchantment and the Detective as an example.


In Azure, I need to get Lachlann Calloway to see, notice, and fall in love with Azure Rose.  They author just needs to think about where a military officer and a government official can get together—get together in an entertaining way.  One means is at a professional meeting.  I’ve done this before.  It’s very effective.  Another is at a party.  I used a party in Azure.


Parties are great.  They are naturally entertaining.  They allow your characters to interact in ways that are impossible professionally.  They provide all kinds of opportunities that may or may not exist in a professional gathering.


For my party, I selected to have Azure accomplishing business for the Crown with the one giving the party.  I had Lachlann as an invitee to the party as a courtesy with some other officers.  I happened to use Azure’s beauty and accomplishments as a pretext for her being put upon to provide some entertainment for the military gentlemen.  Thus we have Lachlann and Azure together.  Lachlann smitten and Azure trying to get away.


This provides entertainment and creative elements to join into other scenes.  Further, in the context of the sequential scenes of the novel, this was easy to do.  First, Azure needed to report an adjudication of the fae.  In the novel, I make the head of the House of Lords the official whom azure must report through to the Queen.  I made this a point of her work.  This is the reason Azure had to come to the party.  She didn’t want to.  I could have used any other reason, but the reason of the report was just a delicious development.  Lachlann just happened to be at the party.  As I noted, he was invited as a courtesy.  This is the power of the author.  All I need to do is provide any legitimate reason for any person to be at the party—if it fits, and the better it fits, the more reasonable the accidental meeting seems.   On the other hand, with so much power, why even think of a Deus ex Machina.


For example, Azure meeting Lachlann on the sidewalk anywhere would be a Deus ex.  As a reader, I don’t buy it.  As an author, I buy it less.  The power of the author is to create realistic reasons for characters to be in the same proximity and to have some realistic engagement that brings them together.  The concept of the sequential scene makes this even more powerful—I’ll explain more.


Back to Azure.


I’ll write more tomorrow.

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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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