Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Activating Imagination

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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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

 

How do we activate our imagination?  How do we get ideas to write?  How can we begin to develop such ideas, especially imaginative ideas?

 

The simple answer is reading.  We’ve been through that, so we’ll add to it.  Reading is one way to excite you imagination, but there are other means.  Any way you can get a creative plot or storyline into your mind, not to copy, but for inspiration—and that’s exactly what we are looking for inspiration.

 

Many people imagine that inspiration just magically comes to you—this is a completely false idea.  The only way inspiration can come is through mentally thinking about and through good ideas.  We aren’t writing about copying ideas, we are writing about becoming inspired by ideas to develop your own.  This is the way all authors go about the development of their inspiration and imagination.  For example, Bram Stoker and Dracula.

 

Dracula may be one of the most inspired and revolutionary novels that came out of the Victorian Era and led directly to the romantic era.  I know Bram Stoker studied the supernatural intently.  Although Dracula is his seminal and most remembered work, The Jewel of Seven Stars is a gothic horror novel about a mummy coming back to life.  Bram Stoker obviously came into his ideas through the study of the mythic and supernatural.  He was also a strong Catholic and his intention in developing the gothic horror novel was to showcase God in the concept of the supernatural.  He studied both theology and the supernatural to come to his ideas and inspiration.  What does this have to do directly with imagination and inspiration?

 

The point is first perspiration leads to inspiration—an old cliché, but applicable.  The second is that my idea and inspiration for my novel, Aegypt, came directly out of the ideas presented in The Jewel of Seven Stars.      

 

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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