Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 122, putting together paragraphs how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

3 November 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 122, putting together paragraphs how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement:  Ancient Light is in publication and you can buy it at almost any internet book sellers or order it from any brick and mortar bookstore.  You can read 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 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 was lucky to have a very good education in writing paragraphs.  Once you get the concept of the paragraph down, you can begin to put them together.  In some advanced paragraph concepts, there are writers who suggest your paragraphs introduce the idea or main point of the paragraph, have a body of text (sentences) to expand on the idea, and a conclusion/connection to the next paragraph.  This is not a bad idea.  If you find your writing isn’t as cohesive as it should be, you might try this method of paragraph development–it certainly can’t hurt.  I’ll describe the details.

I already mentioned that the first sentence must introduce the subject (idea/thought/main point) behind the paragraph.  The rest of the sentences build on this thought (subject).  The end sentence of the paragraph should sum up the idea and provide a connection to the next paragraph.  The connection does not need to be overt, but direct connection isn’t a poor way to write.

If you notice, this input/output method of writing a paragraph is similar to the input/output method I espouse for scene writing.  Writing is a system of building blocks for expression.  The building blocks begin with words, go to phrases, then sentences, then paragraphs, then scenes, then chapters, and finally novels.  Each building block has rules and techniques for putting them together.  Some writers advocate freedom from rules, but you can’t really write with “freedom from rules.”  I’ll tell you why.

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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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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