29 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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 Women’s Fiction genre:
Women’s Fiction. These plot lines are characterized by female central characters who face challenges, difficulties, and crises that have a direct relationship to sex. This is inclusive of woman’s conflict with man, though not limited to that. It can include conflict with things such as the economy, family, society, art, politics, and religion.
You knew there had to be—right? Women are the primary readers in our society and in most societies. It makes sense there is a genre for women. However, do you want to have a truly limited market? Romance is a genre and woman’s fiction might be considered a subgenre of romance. You do get men who occasionally read romance. How many men do you think will read a novel categorized as Romance/Woman’s Fiction. I’ll bet—none. Where a man might pick up romance to check it out. He would not necessarily read woman’s fiction because of the exclusivity.
When we write and categorize novels, we don’t want to exclude large numbers of potential readers. We want to attract as many readers as possible. Notably, a science fiction novel might exclude readers who don’t prefer science fiction, but a novel that states only for science fiction readers is very exclusionary. Likewise, a novel categorized as women’s fiction might be considered very exclusionary.
If this genre appeals to you, if it attracts many readers to your novels, go for it. On the other hand, I would do anything to prevent my novels from being stuck in a bin that excludes many potential readers—just say’n.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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