Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, How have Novels Evolved? Modern Romantic Era

9 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.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. 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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:

 

  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. 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:

 

  1. What a novel is.
  2. How a novel is constructed.
  3. How a novel is entertaining.
  4. How a novel is written.
  5. How novels have evolved.
  6. 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.

 

  1. First person
  2. Past tense
  3. Past implied
  4. Journal style

 

For novels, the form above was quickly replaced with the following in the Victorian Era:

 

  1. Third person
  2. Past tense
  3. Present implied
  4. Narrative style

 

With the Romantic Era, the form changes slightly to:

 

  1. Third person
  2. Past tense
  3. Present implied
  4. Dialog style

 

I won’t call this the final form, but it is the most common form of the modern novel:

 

  1. Third person
  2. Past tense
  3. Present and future implied
  4. Dialog style

 

I know you will see many young adult novels in first person, but I don’t recommend the first person.  I’ll state again.  The first person should only be used when the protagonist is the literally the most important person in the world of the novel.  This is very common in messiah and young adult literature.  In messiah literature for obvious reasons and in young adult because that is the view of most young adults as well as the messiah focus of much of young adult literature.  I put out the Hungry Games as an example.  Harry Potty would likely be a good first person type novel, but I thank the stars the author didn’t go down that path.

 

In one of my science fiction novels, The End of Honor, the novel begins in first person, but when that character dies, the novel goes to third person.  The End of Honor uses a slightly experimental technique in an almost anti-messiah theme to draw in the readers and show them why the death of a single person can explode into an open war.  The historical parallels are many: Trojan War, World War I, and all.

 

In any case, the successful modern adult novel uses the above form or style.  The point however I want to make is that the current style is usually focused on an implied and many times unstated future.  Not to say many modern novels are not set strongly in their modern period niches, but you find many modern novels that simply imply a general future with no set historical time.  This is why I like to write in a historical modern setting or in a far future setting.

 

In any case, I recommend you actually set your novels in a period past, present, and future.  In the case of future, that means predicting and explaining the technology to some degree.

 

The form of the modern novel likely gives the author more latitude than at any other period.

 

I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com

www.aegyptnovel.com

http://www.sisteroflight.com

http://www.sisterofdarkness.com

www.centurionnovel.com

www.thesecondmission.com

www.theendofhonor.com

www.thefoxshonor.com

www.aseasonofhonor.com

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About L.D. Alford

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. His writing distinctively develops the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he is widely traveled and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the USAF Test Pilot School. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality. He is the author of three historical fiction novels: Centurion, Aegypt, and The Second Mission, and three science fiction novels: The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, and A Season of Honor.
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