Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Literary Romantic

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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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

 

Okay, I’ll say it—the truth.  I think so called literary fiction is not as popular today because it has rejected romantic characters.  What it has replaced the romantic ideal with is hard to say.  It has replaced the entertaining with the unentertaining—and that is that.

 

Literary fiction has lost popularity because it is not entertaining.  How can this be?  What exactly is literary fiction?  I think I write literary fiction.  My writing is filled with classical quotes, analogies, figures of speech of all kinds, puns, jokes, literary references, art references, and sometimes allegory.  This is classically what we call literary fiction.  All the literary features I place in my novels are not necessary to understand the novel.  In fact, if something is necessary and is classical, I explain it in the context of the novel.  This way I entertain and don’t lose my readers.  I have never had the unclassically trained complain that my novels are too difficult to understand.

 

I have had the classically trained ask me why I waste my time for those who will likely never understand.  It is for those who see the depth of the writing in my novels.  I have readers who say they read my novels over and over and get something new at each reading.  This is what I am aiming for—not a new awareness of the theme or plot, but a new awareness of the depth of the novel.  I think this is part of the romantic ideal.  I also think this is the way all great novels should be written.

 

As Aristotle and Socrates noted, in the catharsis of creativity that causes the invention of every work of literary art, the mind explodes with creativity outputting ideas from the psyche.  In fact, because of the nature of writing, the author is going from ideas to words to symbols on paper—the only means to convey the original thoughts are through the abstract—this is why figures of speech are so important.  They turn ideas into thoughts and especially feelings that represent the world to the reader.  Literary might be dead, killed by pretentious authors who aren’t interested in entertaining their readers.  But is should live again in strong classical writing that does entertain and excite a new generation of readers—as just another subgenre.

 

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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