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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 552, Choosing Words Employed Q and A

14 October 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 552, Choosing Words Employed Q and A

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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'm on my first editing run-through of 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 7. 7.  Words employed

So with all the choices of words, almost a million in standard English, how does an author choose the right word?  I tried to give ideas about what words not to choose.  Still, word choice is very important to the feel and sound of the text.  How do you get the right word? 

Study is the only answer.  Your study must include extensive reading.  Reading is the beginning.  What do you wish to write?   If you want to write science fiction—you need to read science fiction.  If you want to write romances—you need to read romances.  Before you become too happy about this, the second step is to read the classics.  Actually, you can do your reading in any order you want, but you must read in your genre, and you must read the classics.  If you aren’t certain what the classics are, just make a google search.  You can also go to my facebook page.  I do have a list from the BBC there. 

The reason for reading the classics is to get a feel from the best writers and writing about what is really good writing and good word choice.  There are other reasons.  With the classics comes vocabulary, understanding of grammar, feel, sound of the text, excellent themes, excellent plots, strong description, strong conversation, etc.  With these examples, how can you go wrong?

When you choose works that are “classics,” ensure they are really classics.  Classics are at least 50 years old and the author should be dead.  Classics can’t be described in modern political terms.  Classics are classics because of the skill of the writer and the writing—not because of the ideas in the novel.  There is no such thing as a sex or race based classic.  Perhaps I should give you my list of “classics.”  One of the main reasons for reading the “classics” is for vocabulary.       

More tomorrow.

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