Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 124, rule of writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

5 November 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 124, rule of writing 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.

So, if words follow immutable rules (spelling and meanings) and sentences follow immutable rules (grammar), do paragraphs follow rules too?  I think I expressed this in a reasonable fashion before.  Paragraphs do indeed follow certain rules.  These rules aren’t immutable like those for words and sentence construction, but they mean the difference between a cohesive paragraph and an incohesive paragraph.  What would you rather write:  Something understandable or something not understandable?  If you wish people to understand your writing, I’d go with cohesive.  If you want cohesive, you will follow the very basic rules of paragraph development I mentioned.

What about scenes?  Paragraphs are formed by the writer into scenes.  I’ve taken a lot of time to show you the basic ideas for scene development–are these rules?  They are not rules in the sense of grammar or spelling.  They are rules in the sense of helping to put together something cohesive.

Are there rules for novels–that is scenes put together in a cohesive sequence.  Those are the five parts of a novel that I have listed in this blog for a long time.  Are these rules?  Not really rules so much as they are the format for a classical novel.  I don’t think you are going to get very far with any serious piece of writing that does not follow this very general guideline–however, if you look back through this blog, you will see some ideas for unconventional novel development.

So, there are rules in writing.  What rules can you break?  When writers or teachers mention that you should break rules in your writing, the first thing I want to ask is what rules are you talking about.  The second is, why would you want to break any of these basic rules?  If your words don’t mean the same thing to others, then you will not produce any understanding.  If your grammar is poor, no one will read your writing.  If your paragraphs are not understandable, no one will want to read your writing.  If your scenes are inncochate and unentertaining, you aren’t going anywhere.  If your novels are a jumble of unstructured mess, who is going to publish you?

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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