Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 237, more Climax design Plots, Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Climax

26 February 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 237, more 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’ve developed the climax of my newest novel enough to begin writing it.  At the same time, I’ve begun writing notes for another novel.  I should also write that I am in Bangkok Thailand at this moment on a round the world flying tour.  If I had thought about it, I would have written about each place I stopped during each flight.  I didn’t.  So goes it.

During the longer stops, I was able to write on my novel Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.  I don’t know if this title will stand, but it matches other similar titles.  I also got a great idea for a try dystopian novel–maybe my publisher will push it to the front of the pack.

I have been writing about the climax of a novel and about how I look at and write a climax.  In general, I plan for the climax as part of the theme development, but for the latest novel I am writing, I didn’t develop the theme sufficiently to provide a climax as part of it.  I’ve been writing to the climax of the novel.  I don’t suggest this as a good method for any writer, but it has provided a great means to write about a climax.

In my current novel, I can now write the theme as: Lilly a computer genius meets Dane at Pacific Lutheran University; she becomes the kami of a Japanese shrine and he her Kannushi–they are confronted by other Japanese kami and succeed.

The climax is obviously that they are confronted by other kami (gods) and succeed against them.  This is about as good as it gets.  Note the theme statement includes everything that is important.  You can guess that the initial scene is their meeting.  The climax must be some kind of confrontation with a Japanese deity.  I should have known this from the beginning, but sometimes a little writing helps.

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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