Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 57, yet more Redemptive Theme, Developing Characters Rising Action

30 August 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 57, yet 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.

Today’s Blog:  To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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.

There is a third type of classical redemptive theme.  This is when a person or a being is redeemed in a religious or Christian sense.  The reason this is a classical theme is that in all Western literature, even if the theme is from evil to good, there is an assumption of Christian redemption.  I point this out for historical accuracy and to make a very important point.  In any classical redemptive theme, there must be some spiritual element.  The spiritual element from the classics is one of Christian redemption, and there is no reason why this theme should be simply relegated to inspirational or Christian literature today.  The big point is, as anyone should note (C.S. Lewis’ argument), the incorporation of a spiritual creature (like a vampire, zombie, or any other undead) presumes God.  You can’t enter the spiritual regime without addressing God in some way.  The expression doesn’t need to be a stereotypical conversion or a presumptive theological construct, but without God, there is no spiritual.

Therefore, by bringing a vampire into a novel, the author is making a presumption of some type of Christian or at least a spiritual worldview.  It is possible to have other gods or other worldviews (Asian, Eastern, Western, African, etc.), but they must include some spiritual god element or they become quickly illogical.  If you are not convinced, read an unexpurgated (unabridged) copy of Dracula.  Bram Stoker was a strong Catholic and presented a powerful Christian and redemptive worldview in a novel that has been more and more secularized.  I prefer the original.  The message of Bram Stoker was one of hope and redemption.  The message of a secular Dracula is powerful, but not hopeful or pleasant in the least.  Although we have lost Aristotle’s treatise on comedy, we know the message of good comedy is that of a human overcoming a telic flaw.  In a classical redemptive theme, the telic flaw can only be overcome through spiritual means.

More tomorrow.

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/.

Aksinya Cover Proposal

About L.D. Alford

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. His writing distinctively develops the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he is widely traveled and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the USAF Test Pilot School. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality. He is the author of three historical fiction novels: Centurion, Aegypt, and The Second Mission, and three science fiction novels: The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, and A Season of Honor.
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