Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Changes and more Other Languages

16 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.

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  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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

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.


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:


  1. Vocabulary
  2. Ideas
  3. Social construction
  4. Culture
  5. Politics
  6. History
  7. Language
  8. Common knowledge
  9. Common sense
  10. Reflected culture
  11. Reflected history
  12. Reflected society
  13. Truth
  14. Food
  15. Weapons
  16. Transportation
  17. Communication
  18. Writing


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’m into languages, and to tell you the truth, I think language concepts and variations are one of the most exciting and entertaining tools the author has in writing modern complex novels.


The interaction of cultures and society is one of the best means of developing entertainment.  Cultures and societies come with their own vocabulary, dialects, and languages.  For example, think about the vocabulary of the university and each of its schools or the vocabulary of banking and economics.  The wise author takes very complex ideas and vocabulary and makes the ideas understandable to the point of entertainment.  And I would add, entertainment without caricature.  It isn’t difficult to make fun of any class or group of people, you simply exaggerate without true comprehension.  The true power of entertainment is to make real ideas comprehendible, and at the same time express their faults—if there are any.  At this point, I’m tempted to write there are always faults in human ideas, but the reality is that there are truths in any human endeavor.  These truths are the nuggets the author needs to mine, refine, and shine.


This is why knowledge and understanding are such important keys to writing.  The vocabulary, dialects, and languages of knowledge aren’t just knowing what the individual words mean—it is the context and full understanding of the ideas behind the words.  This is why as writers, we recommend not writing about concepts, events, or ideas you don’t comprehend.  I studied the Greek documents and historical documents as well as histories for five years before I wrote The Second Mission.  I studied at least two years and wrote about a place I lived and my family came from in writing Antebellum.  I studied at least five years to write Centurion.  These three are historical novels about complex historical events, but you can see the same degree of familiarity in my writing about more modern subjects.  First, the history is correct, but second, my familiarity is intact.  When I write about the intelligence business and military operations, it is because I was involved in them.  I understand them from a certain level.  I understand the vocabulary, dialects, and language of these subjects.


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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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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