6 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.
If we look at the earliest novels, they are written with these characteristics.
- First person
- Past tense
- Past implied
- Journal style
For novels, the form above was quickly replaced with the following:
- Third person
- Past tense
- Present implied
- Narrative style
This is the style or characteristic of most of the greatest novels from the Victorian Era. For example, Charles Dickens, the Bronte Sisters, George Elliot, and all. Notice how many women are represented by this greatest and second earliest era in novels.
Notice also the characteristics of most of their writing. You should be able to immediately see where reform was needed. I’ll work up to it for you.
Remember, the purpose of the novel is to entertain. What singular characteristic in the list above could detract from the entertainment? I wrote before that immediacy is what moved the writers from the initial characteristics to the Victorian Era characteristics. This immediacy is also known as suspension of disbelief. The writers were striving in a very competitive sphere to produce novels that entertained in the most powerful way possible.
You’ve read these novels. What characteristic would you say detracts the most from immediacy, entertainment, and the suspension of disbelief? If you answered, the omniscient narrative, you are correct. Almost all of these novelists saw themselves as “story tellers” and the omniscient narrator or narrative seemed second nature in writing stories. What they didn’t fully understand is the problem of the omniscient narrator, not immediate enough, knocks the reader out of the suspension of disbelief, and ruins the entertainment of the reader.
The Victorian Ear in novel writing gave way to the Romantic Era in literature. I argue that we are still in the Romantic Era. We have gone through two somewhat overlapping stages in the Romantic Era. I’ll look at this change next.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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