15 May 2019, 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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 Wichita
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.
The current subject is how cultures and societies affect human thought and human actions. Here is a list of potential issues. We’ll look at them in detail:
- Social construction
- Common knowledge
- Common sense
- Reflected culture
- Reflected history
- Reflected society
Language is a problem, a significant problem, but it is also a wonderful means of creating tension and release as well as settings, worldview, and context in scenes.
I think the author should use language in a very powerful way. Second, the author can depict the use of other languages or other language speakers. I use this in my novels all the time. For example, in my published novel, Aegypt, the protagonist is French. He speaks many languages and works with many ancient languages. In the setting of Tunisia, the people speak French, Berber, and Aramaic. The novel is further concerned with the use and understanding of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and the archeologists are English, French, and Scottish.
This language rich environment is part of the setting and worldview of the novel. The powerful setting and creative elements in this novel are related to language and the use of language. Much of the mystery of the novel revolves around the translation and understanding of the hieroglyphics and depictions in an underground tomb. Another important part of the plot is the understanding of a woman the protagonist finds in the Sahara desert. I think you can see how the use of language can drive a plot and the climax of a novel. In fact, the revelation scene in the novel is based on the understanding of language and ancient hieroglyphics.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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