27 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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
I’m not sure it is really possible to have a great novel today if the protagonist isn’t a romantic character. I will note again, I think literary fiction is held in such low esteem not because of its literary characteristics but because modern literary fiction has returned to Victorian realism without the boundaries. People are not interested in realism for entertainment. Plus, what is real or what is truth?
We find more and more, writers are not reflecting their world, but rather what they wish their world to be. This will destroy realism—that is, if realism isn’t realism at all, there is no purpose in it. Romanticism allows the author to express ideas without regard for realism—romanticism is a style that uses imagination instead of realism to express its ideas. Here is an example.
My novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon is a semi-allegory of the Book of Tobit. I use supernatural elements along with historical realism to project the reader into the world of a demon and a sorceress. The continual question the reader must confront is how much is real and how much is imagination in the mind of the protagonist, Aksinya? Is the demon real? Is there really sorcery going on? The novel makes it all seem to be real, but that’s the point of a novel. The ultimate question in the theme of the novel is about the lengths a person will go to help others and to protect others. The use of allegory and supernatural images like demons provides both entertainment and contains the power of the novel in a wrapper of imagination. Imagination equals entertainment, thus I can express very powerful ideas in this wrapper and increase the entertainment value of my novel. This is the point of romanticism and imagination. Perhaps this is a subject worth pursuing next.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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