Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 129, more about skills in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

10 November 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 129, more about skills in 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.

Your assignment 🙂 as a writer is to read and write.  The reading provides you with examples and ideas.  The writing provides you with experience to develop your skill set.  I read a novel a week.  I used to read a novel a day.  I don’t have time anymore to read that much, because I spend the time in writing.  I have a full time job right now.  When I write continuously, I can write an entire novel and prepare the publisher’s and marketing information in a month.  When I first started writing, it took me a year to write a novel.  I can finish a novel in about four to six months depending on my schedule.  At the same time, I keep up three blogs on writing, and my websites–although, I haven’t been able to work on the websites as much as I wish.  I also do occasional writing.  What I’m trying to illustrate to you is that if you want to succeed in writing, you have to work hard at writing.

I’m not so sure I’m succeeding.  I have six books in publication and two on contract.  I am constantly encouraged by my publisher and hope to have more novels on contract and published.  I’m both lucky and elated that my publisher likes my writing and wants to take the risk to publish my novels.  I’m not making much money, but I continue to write and hone my skills.  I want to leave a legacy of writing that people enjoy reading.  I consider my writing to be fun but serious, literary, carefully researched, entertaining, and exciting.  I want my readers to live an entirely different experience and life through my novels.

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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