5 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)
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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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:
- 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.
If we look at the earliest novels, they are written with these characteristics.
- First person
- Past tense
- Past implied
- Journal style
This form of the novel worked great for a while, but they are like reading a well… like reading a journal. I’m not sure you are into reading journals, but journals get kind of old after a while. The problem about reading journals is the suspension of disbelief.
Suspension of disbelief is the characteristic of good writing where the reader becomes immersed in the writing to the exclusion of everything else. Early writers may not have fully comprehended this characteristic, but they realized what their readers wanted and their readers wanted novels that were immersive. Journal style is immersive to a degree, but not to the degree the readers really wanted, plus the writers were looking for a better means of immersing their readers. One of the first characteristics to go was the journal style. What the novel moved to was the narrative style.
Narrative style is the style where the omniscient author provided information about characters from a God’s eye view. There are problems with the narrative style, but we’ll get to that. The narrative style also provided a means of moving from the past implied to the present implied. The now is more interesting and immersive than the past.
Past tense was and is still the normative means of writing, but the first person is too familiar. Readers wanted to be immersed as the characters they were reading about. To do this, you need the second person or the third person. Second person is too immediate and never caught on for novels. So, coming into the Victorian era of novels, the characteristics became:
- Third person
- Past tense
- Present implied
- Narrative style
I’ll write more tomorrow.
For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
fiction, theme, plot, story, storyline, character development, scene, setting, conversation, novel, book, writing, information, study, marketing, tension, release, creative, idea, logic