Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Imagination

28 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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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?  We began with reading.  Reading allows us to gain the skills to write well, but imagination provides the impetus to write and especially to write modern literature.


I will not say that all themes or ideas have been exhausted, as many have expressed.  You have probably heard the adage that all themes have already been used and all writing is simply a reuse of previous themes.  I say that is bunk.  I have showed you over and over how to write a theme statement.  All the theme statements possible have not been used or explored.  With one million words and climbing in English, new themes and theme statements are possible, and even if you limit yourself to the 20,000 or so most commonly used words in English, all the potential themes and theme statements haven’t been used.


Technology and new inventions and ideas continually add to the possible themes and theme statements.  I’ll give you an example.  Although not used as far as I know in Western literature, the idea of blogged and texted novels and novellas has been used in Eastern literature in more than one format.  The idea of grasped celebrity has been used much in Western literature—it is a common theme in Eastern literature.


The supernatural has not run its course in any literature.  The reflection of social and cultural ideas from myth and the supernatural is an ongoing idea that has branched from fantasy and science fiction directly into the mainstream.  In fact, I would argue that in our modern age, science fiction has literally permeated almost all normal fiction.  You can’t pick up a modern work that does not express some potential or possible future.  You see this most directly in movies and that hasn’t been missed in mainstream literature.  Just take a look a many novels that deal with technology expressions that are not yet in the normal or that are just becoming the norm.  Who could have imagined twenty years ago that almost everyone would carry a high performance computer in their pocket, and that dropping that computer in the toilet would become a major tragedy in common life.  Imagination is the focus and the driver of all writing.  We need to see how we can develop and use imagination to improve our skills as writers.      


I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:










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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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