Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, The Romantic Era

7 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.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. 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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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:

  1. Entertain your readers.
  2. Don’t confuse your readers.
  3. Ground your readers in the writing.
  4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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.

Scene development:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:


  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. 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:


  1. What a novel is.
  2. How a novel is constructed.
  3. How a novel is entertaining.
  4. How a novel is written.
  5. How novels have evolved.
  6. Different genre in novels.


I’m going to throw down a gauntlet.  I will assert that we are still in the Romantic Era and that romantic characters, themes, and plots are still the selected, chosen, and most entertaining.  However, there are touches in young adult and children’s literature that should make you cringe.


Here is an example from the movies.  The original Tombraider is an entirely romantic character.  She is proficient, capable, and smart.  She solves problems mainly on her own and is an independent reflective character.  Rambo is the same.  Harry Potty is mainly the same.  The Hungry Games protagonist is too.  But the more modern Tombraider is a new type of character.  She is incompetent, not independent, manipulated, concerned and overcome by emotions and not intellect.  She is almost a non-romantic character.  She frankly disgusts me.  She is moving to the wimpy young adult characters you see in many modern novels.


Let’s face it—young adults and children are moving to this type of character.  They are provided awards without meaning.  Therefore they see awards, grades, success, and accomplishments as meaningless.  What does it mean when everyone gets an A or everyone is the best.  There is no romanticism in this type of worldview.


Now, I will write that once these young adults reach the real world, they turn into romanticists, but if their literature and their ideals are not romantic, where are we all then.  I don’t want wimpy, non-achieving, and non-effective messiahs.  Harry Potty turns into one of these.


I don’t think these non-romantic characters have traction in literature, yet.  I think adults and maturing young adults still desire and clamber for effective romantic characters.  If not, look for some return to tragedies instead of comedies.  And look for the return of the Victorian character, fated by class, wealth, and not skill to success.  This can still be a type of romantic character, like Tarzan, but it isn’t the type of character that built modern Western literature.


I’ll write more tomorrow.

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About L.D. Alford

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. His writing distinctively develops the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he is widely traveled and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the USAF Test Pilot School. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality. He is the author of three historical fiction novels: Centurion, Aegypt, and The Second Mission, and three science fiction novels: The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, and A Season of Honor.
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