Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 171, Culture and Other’s Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

22 December 2014, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 171, Culture and Other’s Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is in publication, and you can buy it at almost any internet book sellers or order it from any brick and mortar bookstore.  You can read about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:

I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist’s helper.  The author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other’s conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

You can see point of view is a very important concept in writing and in “real” life.  I showed you the concept of the description of beauty in POV because I wanted you to see that although the POV of the source is useful in revelation of a character, the reader (and the writer) always must take into account the POV.  What one POV thinks is beauty another POV might see as ugly.  The POV is never omniscient and the POV is never unbiased.  That said, POV other than the protagonist is still very valuable to your writing.  I would say, the ambiguity makes it more valuable.  Some might say the difference in POV makes it valuable.  I agree with both, but everyone should realize, different POV is just another means of conveying important revelation about your characters.

Now to other’s conversations specifically.  The use of other’s conversations is for the author to convey character revelation or important plot ideas (plot revelation) that would not otherwise be known about the protagonist or the protagonist’s helper.  Obviously, unless you use the idea of a foreign language conversation in front of an ignorant (of the language) protagonist, an other’s conversation should take place in a separate scene that doesn’t include the protagonist or the protagonist’s helper.  It could potentially include the protagonist’s helper as one of the participants.  The participants conversation should be about information concerning the protagonist (or protagonist’s helper) concerning the ideas the author wants to convey to the reader.  Obviously, in this context, the revelation is now known to the reader, but the protagonist might not realize her secrets have been made known.  If the reveled information is a secret, the writer has set up the tension for a discovery release (a revelation) the protagonist was not expecting.  Let’s just say, as I’ve described before, the knowledge given to the readers concerning a juicy revelation is an automatic setup for a turning point in the novel.  These make very powerful scenes and release or tension devices in the plot.  

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 170, still more Other’s Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

21 December 2014, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 170, still more Other’s Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is in publication, and you can buy it at almost any internet book sellers or order it from any brick and mortar bookstore.  You can read about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:

I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist’s helper.  The author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other’s conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

Here is a change in point of view (POV) with a description of Aksinya and Natalya from my yet unpublished novel, Aksinya: Enchantment and the Deamon.

On Friday afternoon, Freiherr Bockmann’s coupe, the covered carriage, came for Aksinya and Natalya. The Freifrau Bockmann herself sat in the coupe. For the weekend, Aksinya and Natalya had taken clothing from the house across the street. They wore something other than their Sacré Coeur uniforms now. Aksinya was dressed like a countess, and Natalya like a lady-in-waiting. Both of their jewelry was much more elegant than that which would have been expected any student to wear.

Freifrau Bockmann’s eyes widened when she saw them. She descended from the coupe and curtsied to Aksinya. Then, she greeted both the girls with a kiss. The Reverend Mother stepped out of the school to see them off. Frau Drescher stood as an after thought in the shadows near the gymnasium’s door.

The Reverend Mother curtsied to Freifrau Bockmann. It was a deep curtsy that included Aksinya, “Freifrau Bockmann, the Countess and Lady Natalya have started well. We are glad you decided to take them under your wing for their social training during the weekends.”

Freifrau Bockmann was effusive, “Thank you, Reverend Mother. I will return them Sunday evening. Please don’t expect them for dinner.”

“Yes, Freifrau Bockmann.”

With the driver’s help, they climbed into the carriage. After they were inside, Freifrau Bockmann tapped the ceiling of the coupe with the top of her cane and the driver started the horses moving.

Freifrau Bockmann gazed at her two charges. The one had a boyish figure and a sharp face. It was so typically Russian it almost hurt to look at her. Her features were not very lovely, but her clothing fit her perfectly and she was dressed exquisitely. Her hair was arranged with a touch of genius. The Lady Natalya had made the most of so little although Freifrau Bockmann thought she could see evidence that it was finally growing out. The young countess before her might not be very lovely to look at but her manner and manners were perfect. She sat and stood and walked exactly as you would expect from a countess or even a princess. Yes, she had the perfect demeanor of a princess. Plus that look in her eyes. The Countess Aksinya’s eyes gave an impression of majesty, strength, and power. That seemed very odd to the Freifrau Bockmann.

The Lady Natalya, on the other hand, was a perfect opposite to her countess. Her face was lovely. Her figure was like an opening bloom. Her proportions were exact and perfect. She looked like the picture plates you found in novels about the royalty. Her appearance seemed like a perfect reproduction in life of one of those still portraits. She didn’t show the exact and perfect decorum the Countess did—her face and actions were much more lively.   She seemed the exact counterpoint to the Countess, and the Freifrau Bockmann knew, they were both very intelligent.

This is the kind of description I like to use to remind my readers about a character’s physical attributes.  From another POV, it becomes truth for the reader without the use of telling or omniscient voice.  Is it true?  I’ll leave that to the reader to determine.  The fact is that the POV might be prejudiced or their opinions slanted in some manner.  If you knew Frau Bockmann better, you would know that she is wholly a German/Austrian aristocrat.  In other words, she sees everything from the standpoint of a German noble.  A Russian is normally not “beautiful” in her mind.  The fact she finds Natalya beautiful and Russian is more of a question of how unRussian Natalya looks from Frau Bockmann’s standpoint.  Further, Frau Bockmann is a good judge of power and strength–she sees it in Aksinya.  Aksinya is indeed powerful.
Here is a picture of a Russian aristocrat for comparison:

This is generally how Frau Bockmann sees Aksinya.  Is this “beautiful?”  From a Russian POV the woman is beautiful, but this is not necessarily the beauty of a German, an Austrian, an American, or a British person.  Every culture and every nationality views beauty differently.  Not that there are no similarities between cultures, but it is absolutely true that cultures view many normal aspects of life differently.  If you ever looked at paintings from different eras, you can trace the changes in “cultural beauty.”  In some writing, it may be good enough to call someone or something beautiful, but that disregards these differences that are very critical to each culture.

A little on beauty, but the point of this exercise is to show a person from a different POV.  This isn’t purely discovery or other’s conversation–not at this point.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 169, yet more Other’s Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

20 December 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 169, yet more Other’s Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is in publication, and you can buy it at almost any internet book sellers or order it from any brick and mortar bookstore.  You can read about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:

I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist’s helper.  The author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other’s conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

One of my favorite “tricks” in writing is to show the reader the protagonist from the standpoint of another point of view (POV).  A point of view (POV) is a view of the novel “world” from the eyes of a character.  In most novels, the POV is from the protagonist’s POV.  In first person novels, that’s all you have–it sucks.  In third person novels (most mature novels), you have many options for the POV.  In most cases, the POV should be from the POV of the protagonist, and you should not vary the POV in a single scene.  But it is not unusual or bad form to use another’s POV at any reasonable time in the novel.  I really like to go to another POV to show the protagonist and protagonist’s helper, in description, from another character’s POV. 

For example, when I introduce a character, I use about 300 words to describe them (show them), but about the middle of every novel, I like to remind the readers about the physical attributes of the protagonist (and sometimes the protagonist’s helper).  I usually use a main character to do this, but in Shadow of Darkness, I used a secretary to describe Sveta (Lumiere’).  In Aksinya, I used Akinsya’s aunt Brunhilda, to redescribe Aksinya and Natalya.  This type of description reminds the reader of the protagonist and protagonist’s helper physical attributes, and shows the characters from another POV.  It helps the reader determine “what is truth,” in the novel.  For example, Aksinya imagines she is ugly and unattractive.  She doesn’t realize how attractive Natalya is.  The description from the POV of Aksinya’s aunt drives home, that Aksinya isn’t really as ugly as she thinks, and Natalya is much more beautiful than Akinsya realizes.  I’ll give you the description tomorrow.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 168, more Other’s Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

19 December 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 168, more Other’s Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is in publication, and you can buy it at almost any internet book sellers or order it from any brick and mortar bookstore.  You can read about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:

I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist’s helper.  The author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other’s conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

What is truth?  See rule four above (Don’t show (or tell) everything.).  The world of the novel must feel like the real world.  Not everything in the real world is known–and neither is everything in the world of the novel.  In the first place, it would be impossible to show everything, but on the other hand, there is no need to show everything, and many reasons to keep secrets.  When I say keep secrets, I mean those parts of the novel that never need to be told or said or that never need to be revealed.  Other’s conversation is a means of revealing information that would otherwise never be said out loud in a novel.

For example, your protagonist has emotional issues.  You can (and should) show these emotional issues though the actions of your protagonist.  If you are writing in the first person, you could show the mental trauma and problems of your character, but you would rarely if ever, even in first person, have your protagonist remark about their own emotional issues.  Real people don’t recognize, or rarely recognize, these kinds of problems in themselves.  The solution is “other’s conversation.”

You could show a conversation between two of your protagonist’s friends (or enemies) and have them discuss the emotional state of your protagonist.  This develops pathos and allows the reader to see into the heart of the protagonist (at least from the observations of others).

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 167, Other’s Conversation methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

18 December 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 167, Other’s Conversation methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is in publication, and you can buy it at almost any internet book sellers or order it from any brick and mortar bookstore.  You can read about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:

I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist’s helper.  The author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other’s conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

The revelation of the protagonist’s character can also come through other’s conversation and other’s point of view (POV).  Other’s conversation is an excellent means to progress the theme, plot, and storyline.  The trick here is to swing to a scene involving the other characters when the protagonist is not around.  Alternately, you could have the characters speaking in another language while the protagonist is in the scene.  I haven’t used this before, but it has potential. 

The point of putting conversation about a character in the mouths of others is one of the expressions of “truth.”  In a novel, like real life, there is always a question of “truth” and there is “truth.”  There is a reality that is the absolute truth.  On the other hand, along with truth, there is also the perception of the protagonist, the protagonist’s helper, and the other characters.  Each character has a piece of the truth, the rest is their perceptions or understandings.  It is not the job of the author to show or tell the truth–it is the job of the author to entertain the reader.  Much of the concept of entertaining is the revelation of the characters, theme, plot, and storyline–the “truth” in the novel.

The main rule of real life and novels, is the question of “what is truth?”  Each character has a piece of the “truth,” and only the author really knows what is true in the novel.  It doesn’t matter that the characters know the truth–they only need to know enough “truth” to provide the revelations in the story.  The level of truth is determined by many factors.  Ultimately, the omniscient author, like god, can provide the truth–that is telling.  Don’t do it.  You can let the protagonist tell everything in the first person–he might be lying, and that is telling.  Don’t do it.  That’s why I don’t like use of the first person in novels–there is too much chance for telling and the readers know too much about the protagonist.  Just don’t do it.  That’s why using other’s conversations is a good method of character revelation.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 166, general Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

17 December 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 166, general Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is in publication, and you can buy it at almost any internet book sellers or order it from any brick and mortar bookstore.  You can read about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:

I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist’s helper.  The author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other’s conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

I separated discovery from accidental discovery.  I may repeat myself, but I will give some ideas about how to write discovery.  Accidental discovery is the best but not always the easiest to pull off.  For example, accidental discovery is when a character’s secret is revealed by an unfortunate occurrence.  The classic is: the politician’s mistress is revealed when they are caught by the press.  Or the politician is caught in a lie.  These are difficult to set up because they may take an entire novel to develop to the point of the accidental discovery.  In many novels, this is the climax or at least a turning point.  On the other hand, a discovery novel, like Dana-ana gives many opportunities for accidental discovery.  In this case, the accidental discovery can be simple or complex.  For example, in Dana-ana, I use more than half the novel building up the relationship Dana-ana has with the Crown in the United Kingdom.  When Dana-ana visits Britain, this relationship comes to a head.  The readers get to see some of the behind the scenes action that eventually spills over to the regular characters.  From that point on, the revelation of Dana-ana moves a pace.  The first part of the novel was a full press setup for the discovery in the second part.  At the same time, there are very simple accidental discoveries during the initial revelation of the character of Dana-ana.

Regular discovery runs alongside accidental discovery.  Regular discovery comes about, not by accident, but by purpose.  So, when Byron, the protagonist’s helper in Dana-ana is investigating Dana-ana, or when Byron’s mother is using her State Department connections to investigate Dana-ana, the resulting discovery are regular discoveries.  Of course, when the State Department sends an agent to speak to Byron’s family, that is a bit of general discovery wrapped up in accidental discovery–the investigation took an unexpected turn.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 165, yet more Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

16 December 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 165, yet more Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is in publication, and you can buy it at almost any internet book sellers or order it from any brick and mortar bookstore.  You can read about it at http://www.ancientlight.com.  Ancient Light includes the second edition of Aegypt plus Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  I’ll keep you updated.

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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:

I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist’s helper.  The author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other’s conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

I wrote yesterday, everyone likes discovery novels (and themes), but most writers (artists) approach the theme using an amnesia plot device.  There are other methods of developing discovery theme plots.  I mention some of them in Dana-ana because that’s what the other characters begin to imagine about her.  They think Dana-ana might be a repatriated or protected spy, or a covert agent who was given a past and a place to hide.  They also imagine that she is a time traveler, and she must hide who she is because that would affect time.  They think she could be a criminal.  They imagine she is persecuted, a witness in a witness protection program, etc., etc.  These are all reasons why protagonists might keep quiet about their pasts.  These are all reasons that allow other characters to make discoveries to determine the truth about the protagonist.  In other words, there are many reasons why an author can inject a discovery theme and plot devices to accentuate such a theme in a novel.  I recommend the use of discovery as an idea, a theme and a plot.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com/
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

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