29 August 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 56, more Redemptive Theme, 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.
A more unique type of redemptive theme is that a being who is generally thought to be evil could either be found to be good or could change from evil to good. These are the types of unique themes I like to develop in my novels. For example, the vampire novel I am writing has a theme of a redeemed vampire. The obvious assumption is that the vampire becomes changed from a creature of evil to a creature of good. A secondary assumption could be that the vampire changes from being a vampire back to a human. I did not address this secondary assumption–there are reasons why this could be a good theme, but not necessarily in the universe of the novel I created. I do like to look at “impossible” themes and have used them in the past. That is, themes where some event is classically thought to be impossible. For example, Aksinya. I don’t believe any other author has written a novel where a person who calls a demon is redeemed both body and soul. Such a redemption is generally considered “impossible.” I would like to pursue the “impossible” theme of a vampire turned back into a human, but I think this would be extremely difficult because of what a vampire classically is.
A vampire is, by definition, a human that is dead and reanimated through some means. The classical means is that the vampireness is conveyed by another vampire drinking the victim’s blood. In my novel universe, the victim could only become a vampire if they were killed by the vampire and some essence of the vampire was then placed in the victim by the vampire. This is logical and doesn’t reduce the strength of the idea of a “vampire.” Since a vampire is already a dead human, unless you can propose the reanimation of a normal person, you can’t change a vampire. This is one of the reasons a vampire is such a great pathetic character–they can’t change from being a vampire, but perhaps they can be redeemed in their soul.
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/.