20 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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 Suspense/thriller genre:
Suspense/Thriller. A character in jeopardy dominates these stories. This genre involves pursuit and escape. There are one or more ‘dark’ characters that the protagonist must escape from, fight against, or best in the story. The threats to the protagonist can be physical or psychological, or both. The setting is integral to the plot. A Techno Thriller is a sub-genre.
Let’s not get too confused by this definition. It is largely correct, but remember, we usually only have one antagonist. You can have more than one ‘dark’ characters, but only one antagonist. The suspense/thriller is one of those many modern genres that accommodate ideas, organizations, governments, and systems as antagonists.
I’ve written about antagonists before and noted that much of modern literature has moved from the individual antagonist to the group or general antagonist. Suspense/thrillers are one of the major beneficiaries or causes of this. Think James Bond and his fight against all kinds of sinister organizations—notice that the author gave James’ antagonist a human face. I advise this too. Most novels do even when the overall antagonist is a group—think about the group sending their many minions out against the protagonist—there you have the explanation for the ‘dark’ characters.
In any case, I write suspense/thriller novels. This is my main genre. This is also a major style and type of writing either as the main or a subgenre. The reason it is so popular is the entertainment value in suspense, and that’s just the beginning.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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