5 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)
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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
You can pick a genre or topic and begin to write. I’m afraid this doesn’t work for most authors and especially most new or inexperienced authors. Most of us need some degree of inspiration. I don’t know about you, but just genre and a topic aren’t enough for me. I don’t recommend using this as a start or even as an idea.
You know what I recommend—I recommend that you start with a protagonist and/or an initial scene. This works for me. It might not necessarily work but you, but this is the simplest way to start to write a novel.
The protagonist defines the telic flaw, climax, and the plot. The initial scene is the most important scene in the novel. You can’t get to a protagonist with just a genre or topic. In fact, you can’t really get to a protagonist just with a plot. You might if your plot is unique to a person, but as I noted, the protagonist defines the plot through the telic flaw.
Back to entertainment. A novel is all about entertainment. We write to entertain and for no other reason. If you do write for any other reason, you likely will never be published, so you need to look for the entertaining to write. Topic and genre are just not enough, but as I argue, a protagonist is enough. The protagonist is where we need to start. Now, the point at the moment is to connect the genre or topic and the protagonist.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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