15 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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 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
We are seeing more and more dead-fish, weak-kneed protagonists, but I think this is simply a reflection of society and political correctness rather than a true reflection of what readers want—especially young adults.
I am convinced that young adults like the two generations before them want characters who are romantic and not dead-fish, weak-kneed ones. I need to ask my grandchildren and children what they think, but I think they would love Jonny Rico from Starship Troopers more than Harry Potty, but I don’t know. Harry Potty has more of the romantic going from him than any of the many movie characters who seem to drive some of the df, wk types. Let’s put it this way. Those who can read want romantic characters. Those who can’t have failed in life’s game already.
Let’s look at romantic and young adult. Harry Potty isn’t the common man—he is a magical messiah, but he starts as the common innocent child. This is pathos developing character development. Harry is an impoverished, orphan, who is abused, unloved, and unappreciated. The only thing that would make him a more powerful character is if he were a girl. In any case, this is purely romantic and pathos developing.
The writing and Harry is purely focused on senses, emotions, and feelings—that is the purpose and the reason for a pathos developing character.
The nature of Harry Potty is magic. Magic is the setting and magic is the awe and celebration of the romantic in the writing.
The individual and individualism is what drives Harry to succeed. He isn’t a very good team player, no romantic character is. Most of the time, they either learn to be good team players, like Jonny Rico, or they continue to act without much direct help, like Harry.
The importance of imagination is obvious—Harry is all about magic, after all.
What do you like to see in a protagonist? Are you into the df, wk types or the romantic individuals who are leaders and succeeders?
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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