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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 541, Common English Speech Language and Style Q and A

3 October 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 541, Common English Speech Language and Style Q and A

Announcement: Delay, my new novels can be seen on the internet, but the publisher has delayed all their fiction output due to the economy.  I'll keep you informed.  More information can be found at  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.

Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website and select "production schedule," you will be sent to

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.

2. Entertain your readers.

3. Ground your readers in the writing.

4. Don't show (or tell) everything.

5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:

1.  The initial scene (the beginning)

2.  The rising action

3.  The climax

4.  The falling action

5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 26th novel, working title, Shape, is this: Mrs. Lyons captures a shape-shifting girl in her pantry and rehabilitates her.

Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the ComputerLilly is my 24th novel.
Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action.  I've started writing Shape.

I'm an advocate of using the/a scene input/output method to drive the rising action--in fact, to write any novel. 

Scene development:

1.  Scene input (easy)

2.  Scene output (a little harder)

3.  Scene setting (basic stuff)

4.  Creativity (creative elements of the scene)

5.  Tension (development of creative elements to build excitement)

6.  Release (climax of creative elements)

I can immediately discern three ways to invoke creativity:

1.  History extrapolation

2.  Technological extrapolation

3.  Intellectual extrapolation

Creativity is like an extrapolation of what has been.  It is a reflection of something new created with ties to the history, science, and logic (the intellect).  Creativity requires consuming, thinking, and producing. 

One of my blog readers posed these questions.  I'll use the next few weeks to answer them.

1.  Conflict/tension between characters

2.  Character presentation (appearance, speech, behavior, gestures, actions)

3.  Change, complexity of relationship, and relation to issues/theme

4.  Evolving vs static character

5.  Language and style

6.  Verbal, gesture, action

7.  Words employed

8.  Sentence length

9.  Complexity

10.  Type of grammar

11.  Diction

12.  Field of reference or allusion

13.  Tone

14.  Mannerism suggest by speech

15.  Style

16.  Distinct manner of writing or speaking you employ, and why (like Pinter's style includes gaps, silences, non-sequitors, and fragments while Chekhov's includes 'apparent' inconclusiveness).

Moving on to 5. 5.  Language and style

Short digression:  I'm writing from Juneau, Alaska. 

Always write using common English.  We hit standard English—that’s easy compared to common English.  The main point is this--use words your readers will understand.  There is no problem using complex or difficult words, but make certain they are self-defined or reasonably common. 

One of my students signed me up for the word of the day.  Many of these words of the day are worthless to the writer.  They are great for the soul and for human understanding, but if you use some of them in a novel, your readers will simply put down your great novel and stop reading.  If you’ve never heard or read the word, you usually shouldn’t use it in your writing.  Many of the words in the words of the day have examples in contemporary literature or news stories.  The words many times are so uncommon, you would never see them anywhere…except in that news story.

English has over one million words.  More words than any other language.  There is literally a word for anything and everything; however, instead of using the single word maunder, which means to wander aimlessly, you might as well use wander aimlessly of wander without direction.  Maunder is an uncommon word.  You might use tribology as long as your explain it is the study of friction on surfaces.  I don’t use maunder or tribology as part of my normal speech.

On the other hand, if you are writing about a very specific field like flying, you might as well introduce new words to your readers.  I do this for Roman words and ideas in my published novel, Centurion.  It has many great examples of how to bring new and unusual words into your writing.            

More tomorrow.

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