26 December 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 624, Images Created by Similes Tools for Developing Tone 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 http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
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 http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.
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 Escape from Freedom. Escape is my 25th novel.
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.
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. Historical 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.
13. Tone - how tone is created through diction, rhythm, sentence construction, sound effects, images created by similes, syntax/re-arrangement of words in sentence, the inflections of the silent or spoken voice, etc.
14. Mannerism suggested by speech
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 13. 13. Tone - how tone is created through diction, rhythm, sentence construction, sound effects, images created by similes, syntax/re-arrangement of words in sentence, the inflections of the silent or spoken voice, etc.
If tone is the feel of the writing, the author must start first with what tone he wants to convey.
The first method of developing tone is through scene setting--the second method is through tension and release. Let’s look at the specific tools used to create tone in tension and release (these can also be used in the scene setting). I like the list from the question—it is nearly exhaustive: diction, rhythm, sentence construction, sound effects, images created by similes, syntax/re-arrangement of words in sentence, the inflections of the silent or spoken voice, etc. Why don’t we look at each of these tools?
Images created by similes are a tool in scene setting and tension and release. A simile is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared. First let’s say this—all figures of speak can be used to create images to develop tone. The simile and the use of simile (as well as all other figures of speech) show that writing isn’t just about logical comparisons. Writing is about making the readers see the world the author is building. If I write, she looked as lovely as a rose, what does that really mean? Anyone should get the simile, but there is no logic in it at all. This includes mixed metaphors. Theoretically, a simile is a mixed metaphor—the only difference is that a mixed metaphor usually produces a bathos or a silliness. In many cases for tone development, the author might intend to use both bathos or humor as the tone, and the tone development may come from a mixed metaphor (a funny simile).
Even more, I have seen characters who continually use mixed metaphor or messed up meanings as a character development. So let’s think about this. A simile is the explicit comparison of two unlike thinks. I already stated any figure of speech can be used for tone development. An author can use similes and other figures of speech through-out his writing in scene setting, conversation, and narrative to develop tone. If I write, the garbage dump was stinky as an English garden gone bad. Here is a simile. How about a metaphor: the garbage dump had a smell reminiscent of an English garden gone bad. Do you also detect some degree of tone?
Tone is all about the feel of the writing. What does it feel like? The writing felt like Shakespeare on a slate blackboard. Or a simile, the writing was Shakespeare on a whiteboard. You can tone it down a bit. The writing was a rose. The writing was a prune. I do like this, but you can take it to extremes. I’ll try to find some similes and metaphors or other figures of speech to illustrate the use in creating tone.
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