Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 235, even more Skill Path Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

24 February 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 235, even more Skill Path Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

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.

I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

I wrote yesterday about skills and a skills path in the revelation of the protagonist and the resolution of the climax.  I used the example of my unpublished Ancient Light novel Warrior of Light.  This novel is a great example of skill path development.  It is a skill attainment novel in which all three main characters are developing different skills.  The protagonist has a great change based in skill development.  The novel is very fun, but has a complex theme and plot development.  Most readers will just enjoy the novel and not try to take it apart.  The point I wanted to make is that the skills used to resolve the climax are  those learned directly in the novel.  It is a climax based entirely on learning certain skills.

The telic flaw of the actual protagonist is her power–she must learn to properly control her power.  The warrior of light is really the protagonist’s helper in the novel.  Some of my novels work that way.  I’m not intentionally hiding the protagonist, but many times I start my novels with the protagonist’s helper.  In the case of Warrior of Light, the initial scene is the meeting of the protagonist’s helper with the protagonist.  The novel holds the protagonist’s helper Point of View (POV) through most of it.  Since it is written in third person, this isn’t really a problem.

This is also a novel similar to Aksinya.  In Aksinya, there is a theme and a plot climax.  There is a similar theme and plot climax in Warrior of Light.  Where I’m going is this, every novel is unique (we hope), but the resolution of the climax is a crucial part that can be approached in many different ways.  The climax can’t just happen–it must be a build-up though the entire novel.  In Warrior of Light, the plot climax is the rescue of Sveta and Klava’s parents.  The buildup begins before this novel, but grows from the beginning.  The revelation of the characters and the mystery behind the characters is a constant idea in the novel.  There are secrets on secrets that the characters must discover and the reader gets to experience them all.  The final revelation even comes after the climax.  What a fun sequence when you meet your parents after more than ten years and you have your boyfriend along.

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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