18 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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.
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 Fantasy genre:
Fantasy. These stories deal with kingdoms as opposed to sci-fi, which deals with universes. Writers must spend plenty of time on world building. Myths, otherworldly magic-based concepts, and ideas characterize these books. They frequently take cues from historical settings like The Dark Ages. There are also plenty of sub-genres here.
I think this definition is too exclusive. There is a modern genre that they label magic realism, but many fantasy novels deal with entire universes as well as singular terrestrial type worlds. For example, Jack Vance’s The Green Pearl and his Dying Earth series of novels are entire universes. They incorporate dimensions, other planets, and other spaces well beyond kingdoms. Here is my definition based on the above:
Fantasy. These stories deal with magical systems as opposed to sci-fi, which deals with technological systems. Writers must spend plenty of time on world and dimension building. Myths, otherworldly magic-based concepts, and ideas characterize these books. They frequently take cues from historical settings like The Dark Ages. There are also plenty of sub-genres here.
Not much of a change, but I think this is more accurate. Fantasy deals with myths and magic. Science fiction deals with technology.
I write mostly fantasy, but I don’t call it that. Most of my writing deals with the genre called magical realism. I usually characterize my writing as historical because I delve into historical myths mixed with real history.
I like fantasy themes and fantasy ideas. They work very well immersed in a real, science fiction, or mythic universe.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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