Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 140, entertaining Writing skills how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

21 November 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 140, entertaining Writing skills 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.

If you accomplished the assignment to describe the room you are in, you have a first draft of a scene setting.  The next step is to edit this first draft.  Of course you should fix any grammar, spelling, or punctuation problems.  These are basics and shouldn’t even need to come into consideration in terms of this level of writing skills.  Now, you may say, but I notice some errors in your writing.  No kidding.  There are always basic grammar errors in all writing–sometimes they slip through into published books.  Forgive your writers and realize errors come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but there is a difference between knowing better and not realizing there is a problem.

Back to the point at hand.  Editing does mean fixing any basic errors in the writing you find, but editing primarily means getting your point across.  Writing on the most basic level is about communicating. Writing on the novel level is always about entertaining.  So, the primary of writing is this–did I get across the description of a room (this room).  Many writers find that they write too much and must pare back their words.  I find the opposite.  I usually must add words to clarify.  Clarity is very important to me and is critical in the communication process.  Writing is not about using the least words possible, nor is it about using the most words possible.  It is about using the words that are necessary, and if you are writing a novel–it is always about being entertaining.  Entertaining and entertainment is the focus.  This is the goal of all novel writing.  I will pronounce, it is the goal of all good fiction writing.  The problem is, how do we interject entertainment into the description of a room (scene setting)?

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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