Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Speculative Fiction Romantic

13 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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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.

 

Here is the list of genres that are reflective of the current market for modern novels:

 

  1. Romance
  2. Action Adventure
  3. Science Fiction
  4. Fantasy
  5. Speculative Fiction
  6. Suspense/Thriller
  7. Young Adult
  8. New Adult
  9. Horror/Paranormal/Ghost
  10. Mystery/Crime
  11. Police Procedurals
  12. Historical
  13. Westerns
  14. Family Saga
  15. Women’s Fiction
  16. Magic Realism
  17. Literary Fiction
  18. Dystopian

 

So what does a romance romantic character look like?  Let’s start with our list of romantic characteristics:

 

  1. The common man, innocence of humans, and childhood (children)
  2. Focus on strong senses, emotions, and feelings
  3. Awe of nature
  4. Celebration of the individual and individualism
  5. Importance of imagination

 

Speculative fiction is a little different than most, but it still lends itself to a romantic protagonist.  The assumption in speculative fiction is the uniqueness of the protagonist.  You might observe that this hinders the idea of the common man as the protagonist.  Actually, this is a resonating problem or irony through all romantic characters.

 

All romantic characters are molded from the idea of the common man who is uncommon.  The means of this development is usually through some skill that the person trains physically or intellectually.  The Hungry Games is a great example of this.

 

The protagonist in the Hungry Games is portrayed as a regular girl, a common man.  She gains skills through necessity, hunting, scavenging, personal skills, and all.  We see this development as the common girl through intellectual and physical discipline becomes a less than common girl.  This appeals strongly to readers because all readers consider themselves intellectuals.  All readers consider themselves to have skills if they only used their intellectual and discipline to develop them, and ultimately, most readers want to be this type of person.  They want to discover in themselves the skills, intellectual strength, and discipline to apply those skills to become uncommon.  Characters who rise from the common to the uncommon are 100% romantic.  The speculative fiction protagonists are almost all examples of this type of character.

 

Just look at the other examples in the list above and apply them to the Hungry Games protagonist.  Nature is a key feature in the novels.  The individual becomes a hero in the novel and the world of the novel.  Imagination drives success.  Senses, emotions, and feelings are the novel.  The loss of inncence is a theme.

 

Speculative fiction almost has little appeal without strong romantic protagonists.  I think you will see that most genres also have this problem.

 

I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com

www.aegyptnovel.com

http://www.sisteroflight.com

http://www.sisterofdarkness.com

www.centurionnovel.com

www.thesecondmission.com

www.theendofhonor.com

www.thefoxshonor.com

www.aseasonofhonor.com

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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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