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

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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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

 

The method for making your novel resolution work out in an amazing way is accomplished through proper foreshadowing and proper development of the events, ideas, and people.

 

For example, if the cavalry is to figuratively arrive during the climax and save the protagonist, you must set this up from the beginning of the novel.  A little foreshadowing is necessary, a lot of foreshadowing is wonderful.  Prepare, schedule, and arrange the arrival of the cavalry in such a way that they must appear at the right moment not by accident but by obvious event.

 

If the protagonist must discover something critical to resolve the plot in the climax, foreshadow and prepare us through the plot so it is obvious that the protagonist should come to the correct answer in that scene and at that time.  Build this up through the entire novel.

 

Finally, if something must happen for the telic flaw to be resolved in the climax, set this up through the novel such that the reader can see the connections and how they fit together.

 

Here’s an example.  In my novel, Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon, Aksinya was given a fish pendant by the demon when she first called him.  This pendant is the key to removing the demon from the world.  Further, Aksinya is a woman with issues.  Part of her issues are sexual.  She meets a man who is both willing to help her, wed, and love her.  He is necessary to resolve the climax of the novel.  She meets him early in the novel, and their wedding leads to the climax of the novel.  Further, the resolution of the novel is directly related to the Apocryphal book of Tobit.  This resolution requires some very specific events and individuals.  The events and items are the wedding, the fish pendent, and the demon.  All of these things, people, and ideas come together at the climax, and that’s what I mean by using proper foreshadowing and development to lead to the resolution of the novel without any appearance of Deus ex Machina.

 

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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