17 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 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.
Has your protagonist ever needed a certain skill to solve a particularly difficult plot problem? Have you needed a critical connection or an important event to precede an important event in the plot? How about a particularly fateful encounter or meeting to prevent a Deus ex Machina. In fact, how about them Deus ex—ever had a situation appear to be one or tried to get rid of one? Previous sequential scenes are the solution to your problems.
Start with the skill. If my protagonist needs a certain skill, write that training, skill development, or history into an earlier scene(s). To prevent a Deus ex, you will want to make this skill a part of the character’s biography. I’ll use this example again. In Flavia de Luca number one by Alan Bradley, Flavia was locked and tied in an attic closet by her sisters.
Alan informs us that Flavia has learned to pick locks and untie herself due to the extreme bullying her sisters put her through every day. This is enough, but we learn in future scenes that Flavia was taught to pick locks by her father’s gentleman’s gentleman.
Notice, we get the description of the skill, followed by the execution of the skill, followed by the reinforcement of the skill. No one should be surprised when Flavia uses her lock picking skills later in the novel to help solve a tricky mystery. Further, she uses this particular skill in more than one novel.
I actually think Alan didn’t take full advantage of the situation. Even better than a description of a skill is the use of a skill with a reflection of their practice and training. You must always remember to reinforce the skill as the novel flows along.
Notice also, if you need a skill like this, you can always go back and add a sentence, paragraph, scene or such and more than one to define and describe the capability.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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