4 December 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 Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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.
I’m currently writing a novel that is difficult to explain. It’s a reflected worldview novel so it includes fairy creatures, British mythical beings and gods, and a vampire. It is an adult novel, but is set in a girl’s boarding school in Saint Malo France. The initial scene was based on another novel titled Deidre: Enchantment and the School.
I’ve written about the special characters, Cassandra, Gisselle, Nior Angélique, Sorcha, and Deirdre. There are other characters of importance, the good girls and the bad girls.
You always need foils both positive and negative in every novel. This book is an adult novel set in a boarding school and therefore has typical boarding school and school girl characters. These are both classical and real. You can read them in almost every modern novel. Obviously, you don’t want to just throw out stereotypes. You want to design characters and project the best means to provide tension and release in your scenes as well as introduce the plot to your readers.
For example, Sorcha and Deirdre initially meet a couple of not too nice girls. They are older, more smug, and try to make them look bad. As Sorcha and Deirdre integrate into the school, they make friends with their fencing buddies. These are Laura and Elodie.
Laura and Elodie, when they get to know Sorcha and Deirdre want to build up their connections and friendship. They also want to introduce Sorcha and Deirdre to their brothers. Laura and Elodie are very well connected in political families and see Sorcha and Deirdre as valuable friends, plus they are always looking for marriageable young ladies for their brothers.
This association provides important scenes and interaction including an invitation of Laura and Elodie’s estates.
I’ll write more tomorrow.
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