4 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 scenes
- The climax scene
- The falling action scene(s)
- The dénouement scene(s)
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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.
Functionally, I’ve shown you how a novel is supposed to be written. I hope this was helpful and really sank in. Novels, once deconstructed are relatively simple—the construction is simple, but that doesn’t mean the writing or the novel itself is simple.
As long as we know where the beginning is, we can see exactly where the form of the novel has gone and is going. So, from yesterday, the purpose of every novel is to entertain, and the first English novel is Robinson Crusoe.
If we look at the format of this earliest of novels and also other early novels I think we will see many similarities. First, most of these novels are written in a journal style. The journal style was familiar to the people of the time. A journal is usually written in the first person (I and me), past tense, and implies the present. If we list these characteristics, we get:
- First person
- Past tense
- Present implied
- Journal style
This is the form of most early novels and is the exact form of all of Danial Defoe’s novels. Most specifically, the average reader of the times would identify all of this as normative. The idea of reading a journal which a person wrote in the past, would be just like the regular person rereading their own journals. The absolute difference was that the journal was fiction. In fact, the idea of fiction was not unknown, but this new development (journals that were fiction but that looked real) required a new vocabulary. The myths and obvious fictional writing was no longer quite so mythic or obvious. Indeed, Daniel Defoe gave every indication that his novel was a real journal and not fiction at all.
The excitement and interest in this early fiction was the speculation that it might be real, and this form of entertainment suddenly caught on. Thus, we see soon after Daniel Defoe a number of writers taking on the calling of producing fictional works of a similar nature, and expanding on the style and format Defoe introduced.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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