Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 164, even more Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

15 December 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 164, even more Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, 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.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist’s helper.  The author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other’s conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

I like discovery novels, and I like to include discovery concepts in all my novels.  I’m using my yet unpublished novel, Dana-ana as an example of a discovery novel to show how discovery works.

I mentioned before, that the method of all novels is to reveal the characters and to reveal the plot.  In the case of a “discovery” novel, the revelation of the plot is the revelation of a character, usually the protagonist.  In the case of Dana-ana, the plot is her revelation.  What we see in the progress of the novel is the other characters and especially, the protagonist’s helper, determining who and what is Dana-ana.  I won’t give any full spoilers, but Dana-ana is everything she appears.

This is a beautiful kind of revelation–where the character is not trying to actively hide anything, but just her existence is mystifying.  Usually normal people are mundane–you get a few here and there who really are special in some way or another, but usually people are people.  Dana-ana is something else entirely.  This is the foundation for discovery in a work of art: a person who is unknown, a mystery based on the person, a secret the person holds, a person out of place or time, a person who is unique, a person who is endearing.  Dana-ana is all these things.  Additionally, the novel Dana-ana is a self discovery novel.  Imagine Dana-ana as a person who has amnesia, she doesn’t really, but she is discovering things about herself while the characters are discovering information about her.  This is why amnesia based stories are so interesting in literature and popular media.  In an amnesia based story, a character has lost some memories and they, as well as others, are trying to understand who they were.  Unfortunately, because they are so rare in reality, amnesia based themes always seem contrived–a theme like Dana-ana is unique and in this sense not contrived.

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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