1 August 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).
The resolution of a comedy and a tragedy are known from the initial scene—the author must resolve the telic flaw. The telic flaw is revealed at the very beginning. The expectation if that the telic flaw must be overcome by the protagonist in a comedy and the telic flaw must overcome the protagonist in a tragedy.
Since the resolution of the novel is known from the beginning, the author must figure out some means to unexpectedly resolve the telic flaw. This is called the unexpected expected. This is the usual progression.
- State the telic flaw of the protagonist and the plot in the initial scene.
- Reveal that the resolution of the telic flaw is impossible.
- Reveal incomplete or inconclusive stepping stones that might allow the resolution of the telic flaw.
- At the climax, the elements of the rising action that pointed to the resolution of the telic flaw all come together in a reasoned and logical fashion.
Pick any popular, classic, or accepted entertaining novel, and you will find it fits easily into the idea of the expected unexpected. No comedy novel can’t fit into this sequence. It is literally impossible to write a novel that doesn’t meet this development criteria—unless it is boring or unless it uses a deus ex machina to resolve the telic flaw. You don’t have many other choices.
If you add zero to hero to this sequence, almost anyone could write a great novel. Zero to hero is the standard plot development where the author either takes a protagonist who is zero and makes them a hero or where the author turns the protagonist into a zero them builds them to a hero.
This idea fits perfectly into the expected unexpected because how could you expect the zero to become a hero. As I noted, this is especially effective when the author take the protagonist to zero before building them up. A Little Princess is a perfect example of this type of development. Sara Crew goes to zero and lower before she is brought back to hero. The expected unexpected is even more poignant when the protagonist has literally no hope in the world.
In any case, the zero to hero and the expected unexpected fit hand in glove as development ideas. Every entertaining novel will fit in this form.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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