Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 177, more Sources Ideas and Other’s Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

28 December 2014, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 177, more Sources Ideas and 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.

How to communicate and understand sources.  This is a very important concept in today’s world.  The ability to critically look at sources for correct information leads to knowledge of the truth.  This bears on an understanding of your own writing because it relates to the trustworthiness of the information provided by and provided to your characters–this then is passed to the readers in your storyline.  What I’m trying to relate directly is the author’s ability to manipulate and convey truth in the novel.  One of the primary means is the primary witness.  That is the point of other’s conversation.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  The scientific method can only be used to prove repeatable events.  In the scientific method, you develop a hypothesis and then you test it via an experiment.  The results of the experiment must be similar to one another to prove, at least, the hypothesis.  The scientific method is the basis for empiricism, and is the focus of most of our understanding of the natural world today.  However, did you note?  The scientific method can only be used to prove repeatable events.  If the event is not repeatable, or if it is not based in the physical world, you can’t use the scientific method.  The scientific method is useless for nonrepeatable events or for concepts outside of the natural world.  You might say, I understand nonrepeatable, but what can be outside the natural world?  Mathematics is totally governed by logic and is not in the natural world–though repeatable, mathematics is not a repeatable event, but a logic based truth.  You can’t measure the accuracy of a mathematical equation–it has a solution or it doesn’t.  There is much more to this, but that should suffice for now.  I’ll get into more detail, but let’s just begin with the scientific method:  repeatable events and the natural world.

By the way–Happy fourth day of Christmas.

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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