24 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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
Magic realism is not new, but it is newly recognized as a genre. The result of Harry Potty. There has been a lot of magic realism novels in the world, but not until Harry Potty did it break out of the fantasy genre on its own.
The problem with calling a novel magic realism is that magic realism is supposed to be normalized. It isn’t normalized when it becomes acknowledged. My novels are filled with magic realism, but that’s not what I call it. I call it reflection of a view of the world. What I mean by that is that society has many myths like magic, magical and supernatural creatures, and gods. These are all historical myths—placing them in a novel simply reflects an existing human view of the world. Magic realism may or may not reflect this existing mythus. But what about characters in magic realism?
I’d say like any fantasy or science fiction, a romantic character in magic realism is the most entertaining type of character. Harry Potty is kind of an example of this. I write “kind of” because Harry Potty is a pretty defective attempt at a romantic character. Not that Harry doesn’t try to be a romantic character, but he is a born messiah hidden as a common man, kind of a man in an iron mask. Plus, he has almost no imagination. He isn’t a deep thinking character, plus his emotions and feelings are more important than his thoughts and imagination. The example is that he doesn’t invent any spells.
Although not mentioned in the list above, a romantic character should obviously be a creative human being—that goes along with individual, emotions, and imagination. The assumption of romanticism is intelligent and creative. That’s mainly why I call Harry defective. In your magic realism, you should seek to develop a romantic protagonist, but they should be creative, intelligent, and individualistic.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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