Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 239, New Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

28 February 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 239, New Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

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.

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

I haven’t started writing yet, but I have a theme statement for my next novel: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape–a young cargo shuttle pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

I picture this as a dystopian novel.  I usually don’t write dystopian novels, but my publisher has called my Ancient Light novels dystopian.  They do have that kind of feel, but they are really historical.  The world just went through a terrible period during the Second World War.  I am not sitting down with the specific intent to write a dystopian novel, I just got a great idea for that kind of novel.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, a initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let’s talk about each.  The initial scene is the fascist island nation.  I’m still building my idea of what this will look like, but I just finished traveling around the world (for work) and I saw many nations that would qualify as fascist.  There are always  pictures of the supreme leader–everywhere.  Police have a strong presence.  Everyone is polite, but there is a feeling of oppression.  There is usually deep poverty.  I am imagining the sloganeering for this nation.  For example, love equals hate.  Or try this, poor equals rich.  Working is freedom.  Riches are a fair share.  Life is more than food and wealth.  Property is poverty.  Property is captivity.  Something like that.  I’d like to turn some of the socialistic and fascistic concepts on their head by exaggeration.  Not that you have to exaggerate very far.  I have experienced socialized medicine in the military.  In socialized medicine, you make people very happy when you die–you no longer are a drain on their resources.  This type of nation is the basis for the initial scene.

A further point of the initial scene will be the aircraft the pilot is flying.  He will be breaking the rules by flying over this island nation.  He is doing it to make better time on the cargo shuttle run he is making.  The aircraft engine will fail and he will have to land on the island.  That will provide the setting and action for the initial scene.

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 238, Lilly Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

27 February 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 238, Lilly Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

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.

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

In my current novel, I can now write the theme as: Lilly a computer genius meets Dane at Pacific Lutheran University; she becomes the kami of a Japanese shrine and he her Kannushi–they are confronted by other Japanese kami and succeed.

When I first started writing this novel, Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer, I knew where I started, but I didn’t know where I was going.  I don’t recommend writing a novel this way, but I want you to know you can write this way.  Usually, when I start writing, my theme statement is complete.  I’m already contemplating a new novel and the theme statement is complete: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape–a young cargo shuttle pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, a initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  This is a dystopian type novel, perhaps I can get my publisher to contract it early to take advantage of the dystopian clamor.  I haven’t started writing the novel yet–I just got the idea for it.  What I should do is go through the parts and show the connection of the theme statement to each part of the novel.  That would be a great exercise for me and you.  If you also note, you and I could both use the same theme statement and come out with two completely different novels.

Now, back to Lilly.  I just finished Lilly.  I kind of plan on writing two or three novels based on Lilly.  As I wrote before, I finished the novel while flying back to the USA from Bangkok Thailand.  The climax of Lilly is her clash with another kami (Japanese god).  What was great about this novel is I wove in Native American gods into the fabric of the novel.  I plan to continue this idea in the other novels as and if I write them.  Lilly is a standalone novel, but like all good novels, all the threads are not tied together.  I intentionally didn’t tie some to let the novel play, but the climax resolved the theme and the plot–there is just more there, there.

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 237, more Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

26 February 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 237, more Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

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.

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

I’ve developed the climax of my newest novel enough to begin writing it.  At the same time, I’ve begun writing notes for another novel.  I should also write that I am in Bangkok Thailand at this moment on a round the world flying tour.  If I had thought about it, I would have written about each place I stopped during each flight.  I didn’t.  So goes it.

During the longer stops, I was able to write on my novel Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.  I don’t know if this title will stand, but it matches other similar titles.  I also got a great idea for a try dystopian novel–maybe my publisher will push it to the front of the pack.

I have been writing about the climax of a novel and about how I look at and write a climax.  In general, I plan for the climax as part of the theme development, but for the latest novel I am writing, I didn’t develop the theme sufficiently to provide a climax as part of it.  I’ve been writing to the climax of the novel.  I don’t suggest this as a good method for any writer, but it has provided a great means to write about a climax.

In my current novel, I can now write the theme as: Lilly a computer genius meets Dane at Pacific Lutheran University; she becomes the kami of a Japanese shrine and he her Kannushi–they are confronted by other Japanese kami and succeed.

The climax is obviously that they are confronted by other kami (gods) and succeed against them.  This is about as good as it gets.  Note the theme statement includes everything that is important.  You can guess that the initial scene is their meeting.  The climax must be some kind of confrontation with a Japanese deity.  I should have known this from the beginning, but sometimes a little writing helps.

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 236, Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

25 February 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 236, Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

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.

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

The design of the climax comes directly out of the theme.  The climax also completes the revelation of the characters in some way.  In the simplest example, the character’s real identity is revealed–not like Superman, but like Oliver Twist.  The entire plot in Oliver Twist is that Oliver, in spite of being cast into the basement of society, is still heir apparent of his real birth social position.  The theme is similar.  The character revelation of Oliver Twist is to determine just who Oliver Twist is.  The climax combines the old and new skills Oliver has learned to reveal his true nature and his true origins.  Simple–right?

Not simple at all in the context of the novel.  No synopsis of any novel can fully convey the strength and beauty of the plot, theme, and storyline.  Most synopses fall flat.  This is why it becomes more and more difficult to categorize and describe modern novels.  It also becomes more and more difficult to make movies of some novels.  It is easier to make a movie about a young adult novel because the themes and the plot is much more simple.  It is very easy to make a movie from a comic book (graphic novel) because the theme and plot is generally simple.  Did you ever wonder why really great (adult level) books usually have poor movies or movies that are less than stellar?  Here’s the answer, and it will get worse in the future.  Movies will be able to make almost endless special effects, weapons, and explosions, but they will become more and more detached from great literature.  The attempt to make Atlas Shrugged into a movie demonstrates this problem well.  The theme is held constant.  The plot is simplified.  The storyline is notably different than the book.  That’s not to say plot elements are not there–they are, but the storyline must be changed and interpreted to make the movie fit the novel.  The power of the novelist can’t be conveyed as well as the novel.  The climax should still be intact, but notably–if a novel is a revelation of the developed character, and the climax is the resolution including the revelation resolution, the climax of any movie can’t fully convey the climax of any complex novel.

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 235, even more Skill Path Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

24 February 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 235, even more Skill Path Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

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.

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

I wrote yesterday about skills and a skills path in the revelation of the protagonist and the resolution of the climax.  I used the example of my unpublished Ancient Light novel Warrior of Light.  This novel is a great example of skill path development.  It is a skill attainment novel in which all three main characters are developing different skills.  The protagonist has a great change based in skill development.  The novel is very fun, but has a complex theme and plot development.  Most readers will just enjoy the novel and not try to take it apart.  The point I wanted to make is that the skills used to resolve the climax are  those learned directly in the novel.  It is a climax based entirely on learning certain skills.

The telic flaw of the actual protagonist is her power–she must learn to properly control her power.  The warrior of light is really the protagonist’s helper in the novel.  Some of my novels work that way.  I’m not intentionally hiding the protagonist, but many times I start my novels with the protagonist’s helper.  In the case of Warrior of Light, the initial scene is the meeting of the protagonist’s helper with the protagonist.  The novel holds the protagonist’s helper Point of View (POV) through most of it.  Since it is written in third person, this isn’t really a problem.

This is also a novel similar to Aksinya.  In Aksinya, there is a theme and a plot climax.  There is a similar theme and plot climax in Warrior of Light.  Where I’m going is this, every novel is unique (we hope), but the resolution of the climax is a crucial part that can be approached in many different ways.  The climax can’t just happen–it must be a build-up though the entire novel.  In Warrior of Light, the plot climax is the rescue of Sveta and Klava’s parents.  The buildup begins before this novel, but grows from the beginning.  The revelation of the characters and the mystery behind the characters is a constant idea in the novel.  There are secrets on secrets that the characters must discover and the reader gets to experience them all.  The final revelation even comes after the climax.  What a fun sequence when you meet your parents after more than ten years and you have your boyfriend along.

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 234, more Skill Path Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

23 February 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 234, more Skill Path Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

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.

I was writing about developing a skill path in order to provide a resolution to a climax in a novel.  One of my yet unpublished Ancient Light novels is all about skill development.  It is Warrior of Light.  A young goddess has chosen her warrior.  The only problem is she must to turn him from an intellectual to a fighter–a man of action.  She goes about her work very cleverly.  Her involvement isn’t mentioned until late in the novel.  The point is that she must get her uncle’s attention to set up the training, get her grandfather to do the training, and provide a means to keep her warrior trained.  This is a very difficult bit of work, and most of it is behind the scenes.

Further, with the new skills she provides her warrior, she gets him into British officer training at Sandhurst.  The unique part of this novel is the reader gets to experience much of the training.  This way, the readers can see how this kind of military training works.  The training of the warrior isn’t as esoteric as you might imagine–shooting, fencing, riding, weapons, vehicles.  These are all the skills our protagonist’s helper gets through the novel.  In the end, the warrior gets to use his new skills, but they are not exactly the way the climax is resolved.  A certain young goddess has her own issues and skills to train–and resolve.

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 233, Skill Path Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

22 February 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 233, Skill Path Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

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 really great thing about writing a novel is that it is not linear.  Although I do recommend writing your novel in a near linear manner–scene by scene–the overall writing need not be linear at all.  For example, you get to the climax and realize your character needs a specific skill to resolve the issues of the theme and plot.  All you have to do, as an author, is go back and write that specific skill path into the novel.  Note, I wrote “skill path.”  It does little good to write something like this–Jack was a great swordsman.  That’s just junk.  On the other hand, if I show you Jack’s training and give you an idea of the work he accomplished to achieve his skill–that’s good.  If from that point on in the novel, I give you small touches of Jack’s accomplishments and training–he goes to practice fencing every day etc., then you gain a true appreciation for Jack’s skills.  The point is this, if I stumble into the climax and Jack uses his skills as a fencer to beat his opponent, the reader believes and accepts the resolution.  On the other hand, if Jack suddenly becomes a skilled swordsman–dumb.

The “skill path” is the backstory and writing about Jack’s use of his special sword skill.  This needs to be a path and not a single incident.  The reason for this isn’t just to bring reality to the climax, but rather, this is part of Jack’s character.  This is the character that you as an author should have developed and then revealed in the writing.  His skill as a swordsman isn’t just an add-on that allows the climax to resolve–his skill as a swordsman should endue his character with the attributes and responsibilities of a swordsman.  This is the “skill path.” I mentioned before, lock picking skills.  This is also a skill path.

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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