23 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 another 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?
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).
I think that the Deus ex is one of the greatest problems for new authors. In fact, I think that preventing or recovering from a situation that is problematic without introducing a Deus ex is one of the primary reasons for writer’s block or the inability to continue with a novel or story. Let me explain what I mean.
Many authors write themselves into a corner. They come to a point in the plot ad they can’t write their way out of. This causes them to either give up or write a Deus ex. The give up is the worst circumstance because in the end, there is no novel. The Deus ex produces a terrible part in the novel that the author doesn’t like, but lives with. Unfortunately most publishers don’t want to deal with extreme plot issues or problems. To them, the Deus ex is a fatal flaw, so the novel is rejected.
If you run into a circumstance like this, don’t despair. Don’t stop and don’t write a Deus ex. Instead, look back in the novel to how you might make small changes in previous scenes to lead to a resolution in the sticky one.
For example, George has been captured and is being held in a room about to be tortured. George realized he might be captured, so he prepared for a time bomb to blow up the powerlines to the town where is is being captured. He also has a hidden lock pick in his mouth. When the lights go out, George goes to work.
Or. Same George, but George warned his handlers and left electronic breadcrumbs. They are about to find him mow. And so on and on.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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