15 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.
Here is a list of genres that are reflective of the current market for modern novels:
- Action Adventure
- Science Fiction
- Speculative Fiction
- Young Adult
- New Adult
- Police Procedurals
- Family Saga
- Women’s Fiction
- Magic Realism
- Literary Fiction
Perhaps the best way to approach this is to define each of these and discuss them. I found the definitions and the list at https://writerswrite.co.za/the-17-most-popular-genres-in-fiction-and-why-they-matter/.
Here is a definition for the Romance genre:
Romance. These stories are about a romantic relationship between two people. They are characterized by sensual tension, desire, and idealism. The author keeps the two apart for most of the novel, but they do eventually end up together. There are many sub-genres, including paranormal, historical, contemporary, category, fantasy, and gothic.
This is perhaps too restrictive for the romance genre. You should note that romance is not the same as romantic. Romantic is an era and a major style of writing. Romance focuses on a romantic relationship. In general, romance novels do not lend themselves to protagonist’s helpers, but they could. In eastern literature, the classic romance usually has a protagonist’s helper who is the confidant of either the female or male protagonist. Eastern literature is much more aligned with this idea of the confidant. I suggest it as a tool in western romance as well.
In any case, if this is your genre, you likely know it well. This is not my cup of tea, but we need to note that Pride and Prejudice is considered one of the first novels and perhaps the best novel in this genre. As a purest, I would beg to differ, but if you write a Pride and Prejudice novel today, it will likely sell best and be well accepted into the romance genre. Plus, it is very important to observe that many novels fall into a subclass of romance even though they are not called romance or they are only peripherally romance. For example, any novel that deals with a romantic relationship could be called romance. I always like to slip in romance between my characters. Does that make my novels romance novels, not at all—it just shows how important mutual love and romance relationships are in human society and culture. Twilight is a paranormal, gothic, horror, romance, young adult novel. There is your romance in a strong best seller.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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