Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, more Historical Romantic

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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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

 

A romantic character developed from history usually is not the primary historical figure.  I’ll use my novel Centurion and the character Abenadar.  Abenadar is the centurion who oversaw the execution of Christ.  My novel is about his life, and shows the crucifixion from the Roman and Jewish standpoint.  Adenadar is not one of the primaries in the history of the times.  He is indeed an important figure, but not the most important figure.  This enables the writer to build a strong romantic character.

 

Actual people in history are generally not perfect enough nor predictable enough to produce a romantic character.  There are a few examples, but they aren’t necessarily as interesting to write about as are those who support and defend those great characters.  For example, you might be able to make a romantic character from Joan of Arc, Christ, Gandhi, and the list is suddenly very short.  Romantic characters are not perfect, but they are archetypes for human perfection.  The real usually gets in the way of the true.

 

The point of the romantic character is to entertain.  Much of history isn’t that entertaining.  The events in history and the focus on a character in history provides the entertainment, but again, the reality sometimes won’t support a primary from history as a romantic character.

 

This is what I recommend.  If you write historical fiction, as I do, then base your characters not on principles from history, but rather secondary characters you can pluck from history and develop into a romantic character or characters you add to history as participants.

 

This is exactly what I did with Centurion.  I plucked the Centurion Abenadar from history and developed him as a romantic character.  I could do this because we don’t know all that much about the real Abenadar.  Likewise, for my Ancient Light novels, my characters are developed romantic creations whom I placed into the history of the Twentieth Century.  They are participants and onlookers.  You might develop a great romantic character from a principle in history who is not well documented or known, but using secondary historical characters or developed new individuals seems to be the best for a romantic protagonist.

 

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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