19 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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.
One of the most interesting examples of vocabulary event horizon is the Little Witch. This is one of the most popular kid’s novels from the 1950s. The writer used modern slang to appeal to the children of her time. That was a grave mistake. The book is cute, fun, and readable. The slang literally reads like a dialect of English. If the author had written this novel using standard English, it would have much greater appeal to modern readers than it does. Then there is Shakespeare.
You can’t help Shakespeare and Shakespeare can’t help it. Actually, you can help Shakespeare by reading, increasing your vocabulary, and studying history. You have to make your event horizon include Shakespeare’s event horizon. You have to realize that Shakespeare was writing for his times and event horizon—it wasn’t yours. Likewise, Dickens was writing for his times and event history. The vocabulary of both and all writers from this period is different than and more complex than most readers and authors today are used to. And still, Shakespeare and Dickens’ writing is still applicable to today. We can enjoy and understand what they wrote and what they meant. To get full understanding and knowledge requires study and knowledge.
This is the point about vocabulary and the event horizon too—an author must be understandable, and that is literally common knowledge.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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