22 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
Family saga, meh, this is apparently an important modern genre, but I’m not sure how important or popular it is. If you write in this genre and are close to this type of writing, I wish you well. The question I’d like to answer is what type of protagonist fits the best in this genre of literature.
I’m of the opinion that a reflexive, of course a romantic protagonist is the best, is a reasonable answer. However, this may not be entirely correct. Perhaps we should look at how a romantic protagonist looks in a family saga.
A family saga fits very well in the idea of the common man origin, human innocence, and childhood. Family saga usually means children—the first characteristic matches.
I’d argue that all modern literature should reflect strong senses, emotions, and feelings. This works well in a family saga genre due to the very nature of the theme and subject. The feelings of the family are paramount in these types of novels.
Awe of nature is a focus and a setting—it fits in most every genre, but celebration of the individual and individualism isn’t really a good fit for a family saga. Now, dependent on the character of the protagonist, individualism and the individual could match well in a family saga. In other words, the family might be driven by individualism.
The importance of the imagination is critical in romanticism and always to be found in a family saga.
So, yeah, I’d use a romantic protagonist and a romantic theme in a family saga. I think that would provide a very entertaining piece of writing.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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