Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, How is a Novel Written? Novel Writing Plan, Rising Action, Fixing a Deus ex Machina with Sequential Scenes

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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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

 

  1. Has your protagonist ever needed a certain skill to solve a particularly difficult plot problem?
  2. Have you needed a critical connection or an important event to precede another event in the plot?
  3. How about a particularly fateful encounter or meeting to prevent a Deus ex Machina.
  4. In fact, how about them Deus ex—ever had a situation appear to be one or tried to get rid of one?

 

A Deus ex Machina refers to any improbable or nearly impossible event, meeting, circumstance, or happenstance that occurs to resolve any plot issue or dilemma.  As a general rule, almost every novel begins with a Deus ex Machina, but that should be it—none thereafter and definitely none in the resolution of the climax (telic flaw).

 

In all good writing, we want to set up the expected unexpected in the climax.  I’ll hit this again.  In every comedy, we know the telic flaw of the novel will be positively resolved (the protagonist will survive).  If the telic flaw overcomes the protagonist, that is a tragedy (by definition).

 

Because you know the protagonist will overcome the telic flaw, the resolution is expected.  As an author, you want to set up the telic flaw resolution to be nearly impossible or improbable.  Notice, this is a setup for a Deus ex.

 

I know you have read many novels with highly satisfying and exciting climaxes.  These are not resolved mystically, by the cavalry coming, or with hand waving.  They are usually highly satisfying because the reader sees or deducts in advance how the nearly impossible or improbable resolution will logically or physically occur.  Usually, the author has setup a very complex set of circumstances that has its peak at the climax.

 

In a very complex and wonderful climax, the right people, right ideas, and right circumstances come together at the right place and time—these aren’t accidental or the cavalry, they are setup through many scenes such that the reader becomes more and more aware of their congruence at the climax.  Finally, at the climax, as all these (people, ideas, and events) come together, the reader is astonished and astounded.  This is accomplished through proper foreshadowing and proper development of the events, ideas, and people.  I’ll try to explain this better next.

 

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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