Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 419, more Power Internal Characters Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

27 August 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 419, more Power Internal Characters Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more 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 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: 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.

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’ve just started on the next major run-through of my novel, Escape.

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.

The internal attributes of a character should only be shown–never told.  The inner turmoil of a character should never be told–only shown.  The mechanism of showing is through action and conversation.  Conversation is the greatest power an author has.  Conversation allows a novelist to let a character express her inner thoughts.  The trick is to place a character into a relationship that allows that kind of expression.

I mentioned about the character I am developing.  She is a very different character than I have designed before.  The protagonist’s helper will be Mrs. Lyons.  To make this novel and characters work, I need to have the shape-shifter and Mrs. Lyons form a relationship.  I see this relationship similar to a friendship, but more akin to a teacher and a student.  The relationship itself will change.  It will start as a jailor and prisoner.  It will move to a servant and master.  Then become a teacher and student.  Finally, the relationship will be one of a older to a younger friend or like a mother to a daughter.  As the relationship changes and becomes closer, I will have more and more opportunity to let my protagonist express her thoughts to Mrs. Lyons.  Mrs. Lyons will also express her thoughts more and more to the protagonist.  The point is to build and reveal the characters to the reader.

The ultimate point of creativity is to look at or express these ideas in a new way.

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 418, Power Internal Characters Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

26 August 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 418, Power Internal Characters Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more 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 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: 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.

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’ve just started on the next major run-through of my novel, Escape.

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.

In the past, a very common theme was a redemption or a accomplishment theme where the main character overcame their environment or their circumstance to become great.  The British novels (or British influenced or styled novels) generally kept to a theme of the noble noble.  In such a theme, the strength of the nobility always came out no matter the circumstances or environment.  For example, Oliver Twist, Tarzan (an American novel with a British style theme), all the Bronte Novels (to a degree).  The American style of this novel is still popular.  It is based on the theme of the ethical and moral advance.  In other words, the main character achieves greatness through hard work.  This is a theme of many British and American novels especially moving into the 20th century.  You can think of many examples–I’m sure.

This isn’t so bad a theme.  I suggest both types can  be used well in the 21st Century and especially the hard work theme is still culturally and societally accepted and believed.  More modern themes are both irrational and questionable from a human standpoint.  For example, the fated theme is a very old theme based in early religious ideas.  The uncontrolled theme (mental, physical, moral) is very akin to the fated theme.  These themes were rejected as humanity moved into Christianity and society into Gnosticism.  For some reason they are becoming more common themes again today.  For example, the idea that a person can’t control their emotions or mind and that causes their success or failure.  Or the idea that human worth and desire don’t matter and only luck or fate will lead to success (or failure).

In the novel and with the character I am developing, I want to express the more common view of free-will and success.  My character will learn: first, self-control, second, religious faith (that is considering a moralistic and ethical religion), third, proper culture, fourth, fear of punishment.

The point of creativity is to look at or express these ideas in a new way.

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 417, Internal Characters Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

25 August 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 417, Internal Characters Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more 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 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: 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.

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’ve just started on the next major run-through of my novel, Escape.

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.

The most critical aspects of a character are those internal.  These are the aspects that are never described in a novel.  Internal characteristics must be shown and not ever told.  Let me repeat, don’t ever tell or describe a character’s internal characteristics.

Yesterday, I described some of the internal characteristics of the character I am writing about.  For example, she isn’t very bright.  She isn’t mentally retarded, she’s just on the back end of the human average.  She represents the lower side of half the people you have ever met.  She might say she is stupid and unlike most people like her, might really believe she isn’t bright.  I will show her level of intelligence through her actions and through her words.  She has internal turmoil.  I will show her internal turmoil and have her talk about her internal turmoil.

I’ll remind you–in human society, all humans are evil and all humans have evil desires.  The point of culture and society (government) is to both control human evil and provide a means for human interaction (generally trade) without death and destruction.  I mentioned the means of human (self) control.  First, a person’s strength of will and self-control.  Second, their religious faith (that is considering a moralistic and ethical religion).  Third, their culture.  Fourth, their fear of punishment.

The point of creativity is to look at or express these ideas in a new way.

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 416, Characters Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

24 August 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 416, Characters Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more 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 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: 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.

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’ve just started on the next major run-through of my novel, Escape.

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.

Let’s loo a little deeper into characters and creativity.  I was describing for you the characteristics of the character I am developing for a potential new novel.  The creativity in designing the character is related directly to taking an old idea and making it new.  The old idea I’m borrowing is a shape-shifter.  My shape-shifter happens to be a little different.  She will get her skills from a source other than a typical curse–she may be cursed, but not in the werewolf sense.  She will be very different from my regular characters, but with her, I will be able to explore an idea I haven’t before.  I always look at the dark underside of my characters and then give them space to be redeemed.  The same will be true of this character.

Demons lurk in the hearts and minds of every person.  Everyone is potentially a homicidal maniac.  Everyone is potentially a murderer or a thief.  Everyone is potentially an evil person.  What keeps all this evil in check?  The obvious answer to me is first a person’s strength of will and self-control.  Second, their religious faith (that is considering a moralistic and ethical religion).  Third, their culture.  Fourth, their fear of punishment.  I write often about control of desires and strength of will.  I just finished a book, Escape, where the characters didn’t show much self control about certain things.  In this new character, I want a demon to rage in her soul that she will learn to control going backwards through the four means of control.  This character will learn to control herself and her power–and she has a great and dangerous power.  The creativity is in taking common human issues and characteristics and looking at them in a new way.

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 415, Past Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

23 August 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 415, Past Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more 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 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: 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.

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’ve just started on the next major run-through of my novel, Escape.

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.

Look at the three means to invoke creativity.  I was describing an entirely new novel as an idea.  To build the creativity in it (and the source of the creativity) comes out of history, technology (science), and logic.  The basic idea is an old one–werewolf, shape-shifter, witch, you get it.  I want to take the shape-shifter idea (it fits into my motif) from the past and make some changes to it.  First, my shape-shifter will be a woman.  Second, she will be a shape-shifter due to her own magical skills and background–no, she wasn’t bitten by a werewolf.  No werewolves in this novel.  She will be able to change into a cat under duress.  I also want her to be an abused character and one who isn’t educated or super bright.  As one of her keepers will say about her: she’s a brilliant cat, but a stupid human.  The point is that she will realize her own shortcomings.  She will be a person who has always had those shortcomings thrown in her face, but she understands that she isn’t super bright.  I haven’t tackled this kind of character before.  Most people think they are super smart.  Super smart people, know they are and do something with it–they don’t go around telling you how smart they are.  They don’t have anything to prove.

My shape shifter will be slightly slow mentally, pitiful, nice, dangerous, self-sufficient, desiring help, but not knowing how to ask.  This in itself produces enormous creativity for me.  I can imagine already many of the situations I will set up in the novel.  The possible circumstances are enormous.  The opportunities for misunderstanding, for shallow and large insults, for mistakes, for problems.  Can you imagine the cat girl wanting to make tea for the first time.  Can you imagine when she is called stupid by someone.  Can you imagine when she first begins to speak and open up.  Can you see her seeking help but without the vocabulary or the words or the mind to express it.  I will not make her a moronic character, but like many people today who want more from life but need some help and direction.  She will be a hard worker who wants something important to do.

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 414, more Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

22 August 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 414, more Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more 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 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: 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.

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’ve just started on the next major run-through of my novel, Escape.

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.

How do you get creative ideas from experience and knowledge?  I’m percolating an idea for a new novel.  I don’t want to start writing it immediately because I have some editing and marketing materials to work on.  I already have an idea for the initial scene, and I’m putting together scenes in my mind that will be creative and exciting.  I have loosely designed the theme for this novel: an abused shape-changer is caught by the widow Mrs. Lyons and redeemed.  I haven’t fully rounded out the theme, but I’m working on the characters.  I already have Mrs. Lyons, but she has aged since I last used her and her husband is dead.  The question is where did the ideas come from?

Whether you think this is a good or a bad idea, I’m not copying the vampire stuff. I’ve been writing a series of novels about the unredeemable.  I wrote about a goddess, a demigoddess, a vampire, a girl who called a demon (sorceress), and a computer geek who becomes a goddess.  I wanted to write about a witch, but I kind of shifted the idea to a shape-changer.  I was intrigue with the idea of the bear-man in the Hobbit, but I wanted to put my own spin on the idea.  I built a picture for the initial scene–in this picture, I see a young woman (the shape-changer) who is raiding a country house pantry.  The house happens to be that of Mrs. Lyons who retired there from London after her husband left the organization.  Mrs. Lyons is an old woman, but she isn’t helpless in any way.  I originally saw her as blind or becoming blind.  I may keep the becoming blind.

In using a shape-changing human, I am holding to the current theme ideas of my “Enchantment” series of novels.  I have also been reusing some of the characters from my other novels–especially the Ancient Light novels.  I wanted to do that here.  I would especially like to have Valeska and Leila meet the main character of this new novel.  I wanted to do a changeup on the characters too.  Most of my characters are smart (too smart by half) and sophisticated.  I wanted to write a character who isn’t that smart and doesn’t think much of herself.  I wanted to write about a character who really is beaten down and needs to learn about life.  I also wanted a mystery–by telling you the main character is a shape-shifter, I’ve told you more than the reader will know through most of the 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 413, Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

21 August 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 413, Applying Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more 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 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: 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.

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’ve just started on the next major run-through of my novel, Escape.

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.

Inter-discipline means across more than one discipline.  The full scope of creativity isn’t the application of creativity within a single area (discipline) but rather the application of a discipline in another area.  For example, the application of aeronautical science in novels.

I’m giving you a direct example from my experience as a writer.  I am an acknowledged and trained expert in the military, aeronautical science, engineering, technical writing, flight test, flying, special missions, weapons, instructing, and chemistry.  I am studied in literature, Anglo Saxon, Greek, fiction writing, history, and computers.  I am professionally acknowledged as a novelist, educator, and aviator.  My creativity springs from the ability to take areas I am skilled in and apply them in other areas.  For example, I write aviation stories (essays) for www.wingsoverkanas.com and for Beechcraft.  My fiction is strongly based on my experiences in Europe as an aviator and a military officer.  My science fiction comes out of my aviation and military experiences.

The creativity in my writing all comes out of my real life experiences and knowledge.  This reservoir of ideas and understanding is growing all the time.  You might ask: how do you get creative ideas from experience and knowledge?

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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