8 October 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)
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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.
How do we activate our imagination? How do we get ideas to write? How can we begin to develop such ideas, especially imaginative ideas? Tension and release is the way to go—this is where your imagination must be centered. How do we develop great ideas for scenes?
I suggest realistic confrontation and realistic execution. What I mean by this is that I expect even the most entertaining scenes to be reasonable and realistic. In general, I don’t expect bar fights or all out brawls at dinner parties. Now, a brawl in the proper setting or a bar fight in a bar fits perfectly. At a dinner party, I expect a slow burn. At a meeting, I expect people to be in control. Snarky comments, insults, and snide remarks seems to be both reasonable and realistic. I also find this to be entertaining.
In some cases, the extreme is the most entertaining solution. For example, if you have a strong confrontation at a bar with alcohol and high tension, you might expect a bar fight. In the proper circumstances, a big fight might be the reasonable and realistic result of insults, snide comments, and snarky remarks. The author should ratchet up the circumstances or make the setting in the appropriate place. Perhaps I should give an example of both types of confrontations.
The point is this: design the confrontation to be reasonable for the circumstances. Reasonable in the proper setting is realistic.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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