4 September 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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
You can write novels based on genre. I know some writers who write specifically for a genre. For example, I know a writer who writes erotic literature. No matter what the subgenre or subthemes, this author will write and continue to write erotic literature. This is their genre and the genre they aim for. I’m not certain how they got to this genre. Most authors have had ideas for entertaining novels or stories in this genre, but most of us either tone the plot down to fit our audience and to entertain our perceived audience.
If your audience is erotic, your mode of entertainment will be different than other genre writers. The actual mode or type of entertainment is different in erotic literature than in other literature. Think of this this way. You don’t go to a superhero movie to expect considered logical dialog and reasoned educated positions. You go to a superhero movies to see blood and guts and lots of silly godlike people in funny suits fighting to save the world. Likewise, the audience for erotic writing isn’t looking for dialog and or action except between naked people in the bedroom.
The point is that in most cases of genre, the genre isn’t the focus, the entertainment is. The writer of a romance genre literature is focused on entertainment through romance between people. Almost every novel I write includes romance, but not the erotic. My audience would not appreciate the erotic in my writing. Is my writing romance? Not at all. If the focus of a novel I wrote was highly romance, it might be, but that isn’t my worldview, setting, or topic. There you go—the author should write what is entertaining to them and apply a genre at the end. Let’s look at this in more detail.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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