18 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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. The second sphere of common knowledge is event horizon.
I alluded to this yesterday. Communication requires a common vocabulary and language. Most people can work around dialect, but most writing is not accomplished in a dialect. If it is, dialect can be a problem too.
A common vocabulary and language isn’t the only problem. I wrote yesterday about a classical education and writing. This is directly related to event horizon. An event horizon is the life and time experience of the writer and the readers. For example, an author writing extensively about and in the 1950s and read by people in the 2015s must overcome significant issues of communication. On the other hand, an author writing about the 1950s in 2015 and read in 2015 has other issues. Both must communicate with their readers. The author writing in the 1950s could potentially be better educated with a much greater vocabulary than the reader in 2015.
This might sound difficult, but most authors are better educated and have a better vocabulary than their readers. At least, authors are usually better educated in writing. That doesn’t mean an author is necessarily more educated in formal schools. However, this is an absolute fact—authors should be one of the most educated persons in the world about the subject of their writing. It’s just like writing a dissertation—the author should be the world’s expert in the subject of their dissertation.
The author needs to be able to communicate the knowledge to their readers. This is obviously much more than language and vocabulary, but it is very related, especially to vocabulary.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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