25 August 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 52, more Themes, Developing Characters Rising Action
Announcement: My new novels are supposed to be released 1 September, so we are heading toward home plate. The title of the series is Ancient Light and is based on my novel Aegypt. The next two novels will be Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness. They will be published individually and as a 3 in 1 book. The initial cover is already developed, and you can see it at http://www.ancientlight.com. I’ll keep you updated.
Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel, and on this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel–start with https://ldalford.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/daemon-installment-1-the-incantation/.
I’m using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I’ll keep you informed along the way. At this moment, I’m showing you the creative process I used to put together the novel.
Here are my four rules (plus one) of writing:
1. Don’t confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don’t show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.
All novels have five discrete parts:
1. The initial scene (the beginning)
2. The rising action
3. The climax
4. The falling action
5. The dénouement
The theme statement of my new novel, Valeska, is: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.
If you haven’t noticed, I’m tying the character development back into the theme of the novel. As I mentioned and you know, vampires supposedly have no hope of redemption. One of the general themes I’ve been investigating in my writing is redemption for creatures or beings for whom we might imagine there never could be any redemption. My overall Ancient Light novels started this idea about ancient gods and goddesses. I really began to explore the concept with Aksinya. A person who calls a demon can’t possibly be redeemed–can she? I went further on this theme with Khione. How can an abused, sex-slave, demi-goddess ever find redemption? Valeska is just another step in this direction. When I started writing, I couldn’t imagine how a vampire could be redeemed. I’m not sure I answered the question as succinctly as many would like, but I like the answer.
By the way, I finished the novel yesterday 30 March 2014. I write these blogs ahead for may reasons–that’s why the time delay. The next step is editing. I already know where there are some issues. I don’t have an inspiration for another novel at the moment, but I’m sure one will come to me in a month or two–or less. The last one came to me even before I finished Khione. The trick is then in the publication. That is a long process that requires much patience. Glad I have a day job.
I’ll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.