17 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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
Common knowledge is common because it comes out of a common culture. The main sphere of common knowledge is language.
Even if we speak and write in a common vocabulary, dialect, and language, we may be communicating in cross paths due to event horizon, history, and common knowledge. The author must be able to communicate across these three. This is why young authors have the greatest difficulty in expression—it is a question of life experience, knowledge, and common knowledge. For example, if I used the figure of speech, “Where’s the Beef,” many with a common event horizon would understand what I am writing. If you were not alive in the 1980s or so, you would have no idea what I am writing about. “Where’s the Beef,” was the tagline of a fast food commercial sometime in the 1980s. Those who are in that event horizon in the USA or who are conversant in advertising will get it—those from another national English speaking background or outside of the event horizon will have no idea.
I don’t usually use these types of provincial and limited figures of speech in my writing. I simply provide it as an example. My figures of speech are consistently rooted in history, classical writing, and classical knowledge. The question from many of my readers and especially readers of my writing and blogs is, should I include complex and classical references if a majority of my readers can’t fully comprehend them. My answer is always—yes. I consider myself a classical writer. Like my predecessors, I include classical references to enhance and develop my writing. The few who understand them will be appreciative. Those who don’t might look them up. In the future, if my writing has any future readers and fans, perhaps they will be amazed and appreciate even more the care and diligence of the references in my writing. This is what Spenser, Edwards, Shakespeare, Dickens, and many others expected. They wrote for an educated and classically trained audience of readers. I do the same.
At the same time, common knowledge is the bridge of communication from the author to his or her readers.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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