28 July 2014, Vampire Novel, part 24, more Action in The Initial Scene
Announcement: There is action on my new novels. The publisher renamed the series–they are still working on the name. I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere’, China, Sveta, and Klava–at least these are some of the suggestions. They are also working on a single theme for the covers. I’ll keep you updated.
Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel, and on 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–start with http://ldalford.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/daemon-installment-1-the-incantation/.
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. At this moment, I’m showing you the creative process I used to put together the novel.
Here are my four rules (plus one) of 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 this new novel is: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.
The agent was shot, and he is dying. Our vampire asks the obvious question: may I dine on your blood. For there to be a future relationship and a future for George at all, he must answer yes. There is some back and forth between them, but mostly the vampire wants to eat (and live), and the agent is ready to give up his life. He doesn’t want to, but when you are leaking your blood out and you are an hour away from help, you know you are going to die.
You can guess the answer: the agent tells her that she can drink his blood, and she leaves him a gift. Remember that I set up my world such that a vampire can make a vampire by killing them through taking their blood then putting in some of the vampire’s own special blood. What would happen if a vampire gave some of their blood to a living person–I posit that they would not become a vampire, but they would be healed. That is exactly what happens. The vampire drinks the agent’s blood, but then gives back some of her own blood to him. The result is that he doesn’t die. He is also touched by the grave, but that is an entirely different problem.
I’ll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.