Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 167, Other’s Conversation methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

18 December 2014, Writing Ideas – Vampire Novel, part 167, Other’s Conversation 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.

The revelation of the protagonist’s character can also come through other’s conversation and other’s point of view (POV).  Other’s conversation is an excellent means to progress the theme, plot, and storyline.  The trick here is to swing to a scene involving the other characters when the protagonist is not around.  Alternately, you could have the characters speaking in another language while the protagonist is in the scene.  I haven’t used this before, but it has potential. 

The point of putting conversation about a character in the mouths of others is one of the expressions of “truth.”  In a novel, like real life, there is always a question of “truth” and there is “truth.”  There is a reality that is the absolute truth.  On the other hand, along with truth, there is also the perception of the protagonist, the protagonist’s helper, and the other characters.  Each character has a piece of the truth, the rest is their perceptions or understandings.  It is not the job of the author to show or tell the truth–it is the job of the author to entertain the reader.  Much of the concept of entertaining is the revelation of the characters, theme, plot, and storyline–the “truth” in the novel.

The main rule of real life and novels, is the question of “what is truth?”  Each character has a piece of the “truth,” and only the author really knows what is true in the novel.  It doesn’t matter that the characters know the truth–they only need to know enough “truth” to provide the revelations in the story.  The level of truth is determined by many factors.  Ultimately, the omniscient author, like god, can provide the truth–that is telling.  Don’t do it.  You can let the protagonist tell everything in the first person–he might be lying, and that is telling.  Don’t do it.  That’s why I don’t like use of the first person in novels–there is too much chance for telling and the readers know too much about the protagonist.  Just don’t do it.  That’s why using other’s conversations is a good method of character revelation.

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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