16 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 Action Adventure genre:
Action Adventure. Any story that puts the protagonist in physical danger, characterized by thrilling near misses, and courageous and daring feats, belongs to this genre. It is fast paced, the tension mounting as the clock ticks. There is always a climax that offers the reader some relief.
The action adventure novel was and is a staple of the novel. This genre has rightly become mixed with all kinds of sub and major genres. For example, science fiction and fantasy. How many science fiction and fantasy novels don’t also include action adventure?
In fact, action adventure is a major component of entertainment in most novels. I can’t imagine any novel without some touch of physical danger.
I will take a slight exception to the last statement in the definition that is about the climax. The climax of a novel always provides relief because it resolves the telic flaw of the novel (protagonist). That resolution must always provide relief.
Perhaps the reason for this statement is that the writer of this definition doesn’t fully comprehend the point of a novel or the novel writing (building) process. Or they just copied the definition from some other source.
Action adventure is one of the main genres of my writing. I don’t usually call it action adventure, however. I usually call my genre suspense, and I suspect that today, there is a strong assumption of action adventure that most writers and publishers don’t usually use the moniker, action adventure. There is an assumption that most modern worlds include action adventure with some degree of peril for the protagonist and other characters. In any case, action adventure is a great and useful genre. Perhaps so useful that it has faded as a specific category.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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