10 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 the 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
So what does a romance romantic character look like? Let’s start with our list of romantic characteristics:
- The common man, innocence of humans, and childhood (children)
- Focus on strong senses, emotions, and feelings
- Awe of nature
- Celebration of the individual and individualism
- Importance of imagination
Okay, I don’t want this evaluation to become too repetitive. I think the romantic character in each of these genres is significantly different enough to be helpful, plus my point here is so you can see how the development of a protagonist might or might not predate the choice of a genre. I think you will find that the character defines the genre to some degree.
So about action adventure. The action adventure genre perfectly fits the romantic character. Just take a look at the setting—in nature or moving into nature. Action adventure is many times all about nature or even a fight against nature, but it doesn’t have to be. You can have action adventure in an urban environment, but with a character who loves nature or seeks nature. There is obviously more to this, but let’s move on.
The action adventure obviously is perfectly set for the celebration of the individual and a focus on strong senses, emotions, and feelings. The common man theme fits Rambo, so this isn’t that great a stretch. The only push point might be imagination, but just look at Jack Vance’s character Keith Gersen who is a very imaginative and intellectual character in an action adventure environment. I’ll hit this character when we get to science fiction, but for the moment consider action adventure characters.
Let’s look at Treasure Island, The Black Arrow, Ivanhoe, The Three Musketeers, The Call of the Wild, Tarzan, and all. All of these are romantic novels. They all have connections to the type of character I outline above. These are classical novels, but the protagonists are intelligent if not intellectual. They are imaginative and thoughtful. They are set in nature and strongly set on senses, emotions, and feelings. In any case, the action adventure genre may be the perfect genre for the romantic novel and characters.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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