24 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).
I guess I’ll touch on the climax scene again. I wrote about the rising action and the importance of not introducing glib endings or resolutions. Most of the time, such an illogical or untoward resolution is achieved by a Deus ex Machina. There are other ways to mess up a climax or resolution, but the Deus ex is the most common.
The characteristics of the climax are very important. This information, I hope, will be very valuable to you—I have never heard of it being taught before, although many sources mention it obliquely and it should be obvious to most readers and writers.
The climax is the resolution of the telic flaw of the novel and the protagonist. This is a given. This resolution is expected in a comedy. You can make a change up by having no resolution (or a negative resolution) if you write a tragedy. This is why most early works were tragedies. They are easier to write. When the protagonist dies in the end—the resolution dies. Take for example Oedipus Rex. The resolution in that tragedy (as in most tragedies) is the death of Oedipus (the protagonist). He married his mother, murdered his father, and a few other heinous things. How can this be corrected? Well, it can’t. He has to die. The climax is really the revelation, and he’s dead.
This is not how comedies work, and I think, the Greeks quickly figured out that comedies are much more complex and difficult to resolve.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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