Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 144, Revelation Writing skills how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

25 November 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 144, Revelation 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.

In modern writing, we set the scene and then we use the conversation and narrative to reveal details about the characters and the place.  The point is first to set the scene.  Your readers can’t stare at a blank stage for very long before they dump your book.  Set the stage immediately for every scene.  Start with the place (that is the stage).  Add in the details.  Give the time (time, date, year, etc.).  As the characters come on the stage, describe them.  Like I have written before, a novel is like a play.  Imagine a play presented while you are wearing a blindfold.  That is a novel without sufficient description.  At least give your readers as much as they would see–that is showing.  I always worry about writers who do not give sufficient description.  What then is their writing about?

Set the stage in time, place, and character description.  You don’t need Victorian levels of detail, because if you are writing well, you can use the conversation and narration to give us more details.  For example, if I describe a park with a path, I can further describe the path as pebbled through either a character’s remark, a narrative description that adds to the path description, or an action narrative.  Here are some examples:

A fine path meandered through the low trees and short grass.

Jane stumbled as she stepped onto the path, “I hate pebbles.”

Jane lit her cigarette.  The path was pebbled and tugged at her light shoes.

Jane stepped onto the pebbled path.

If you want to add to the description to enhance and expand the scene setting, these are some ways to do it.

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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