19 November 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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: On the way to Japan.
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.
I am the process of submitting my writing to publishers. This is really painful to me. I had to do this years ago. After I found my last publisher, I thought I would never need to find another one, but alas, my publisher went out of business, and now I need another publisher.
If you want your novels to get any kind of showing or consideration, you need to match your novel to the proper potential publishers. You can’t just send your manuscript off at random.
Felony & Mayhem is a mystery publisher who accepts unsolicited manuscripts. As before, I started from the author’s publish list here, http://www.authorspublish.com/the-top-35-publishers-for-new-authors/. Selection of the link takes you to http://www.authorspublish.com/felony-mayhem-open-to-submissions/. Go to the web page there and then look at the submissions page for their requirements https://felonyandmayhem.com/pages/submissions.
Here is where I want to note again that genre can be in the eye of the beholder. Do I write mysteries? Yeah kind of. I don’t aim for mysteries specifically, I write books filled with secrets and mysteries, but I don’t write pure mysteries. My latest novel Blue Rose: Enchantment and the Detective is definitely a pretty pure crime mystery. Also, my novel Valeska: Enchantment and the Vampire is a pretty pure crimish mystery. Here’s the point, most of my novels might be considered mysteries. Felony & Mayhem is looking for mysteries.
When you look at your novels, evaluate them from the view of the publisher and accept their view and ideas not necessarily your own. Perhaps this is worth writing about.
I’ve been through all the potential publishers on the list for submissions—perhaps I should mention why I skipped over some publishers (at the moment).
Felony & Mayhem is next.
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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