29 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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? 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.
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. Imagination comes in three interconnected wrappers: character, setting, and plot. I would also interject theme in the idea of plot, but the plot and theme should be completely related.
It is not to say the imagination is separately in the character, setting, and plot, but rather that imagination drives all three and they integrate together to give us the overall novel. For example, Harry Potty.
The setting, plot, and character of Harry is magic realism along with the idea of a magical boy messiah. I am completely opposed to the end of the “magical” world theme of these novels, but it works and provides a wrapper for the entertainment. Personally, I’d rather read novels where the magic users work within a fully human sphere of understanding and existence rather than a god-like and Satan-like free for all.
If you haven’t noticed, since Noah and the flood, the world hasn’t been destroyed. Unless you want to write about WMDs and nuclear, biological, or chemical annihilation of the world by human means, you should get the gods or anti-gods out of it. It’s potentially a powerful theme especially if connected with human or physical analogy, but it’s way over used. I’d say, if you saw it in a movie, don’t use that idea for your plot or theme.
In any case, we need to apply imagination to produce entertaining writing. The question is how do we activate our imagination?
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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