Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 119, just how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

31 October 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 119, just how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: My novel Aegypt will be republished in a second edition, and the follow-on novels, Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness will be published soon after.  Before that, all three novels will come out in a single book called Ancient Light.  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 never get writer’s block.  Sometimes, I get tired of writing.  Sometimes, I don’t want to write.  But I always can write.  I don’t know many professional writers who get writer’s block.  I guess there might be some, but I don’t know any.  If I went to my day job, which is a great deal of technical writing, and told my boss, “I have writer’s block today,” he’d probably fire me.  If he felt merciful, he might give me a tongue lashing and tell me to get my head on straight–then he would tell me to pull up my big boy pants and get writing.

The work of an engineer is to write (technical writing and reports).  The work of an author is to write.  I write novels.  The point I am getting at is about writing storyline.  Storyline is what you read.  It is the product of the writer.  Once we figure out the theme and plot, all the writer has to do is write.  I already gave you some real help here.  I told you to first set the scene, then set the characters, then the introductions (or greetings).  If you can’t keep writing after that, you might not be prepared or inspired enough for this business, and it is a business.

Luckily, I don’t have the pressure (except when I have a new book coming out) of having to write (or edit).  I do have pressure at work to produce reports and test plans etc.  The business of writing is writing.  If you can’t write on command, you need to work on creativity and basic writing skills.  Surely, you can do a simple writing exercise.  When I was in middle school, the exercise of the day was to write a paragraph.  I can write a great paragraph.  Perhaps I should help you with that next.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:



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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