19 March 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 258, still more Climax Development, How to Develop Storyline
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.
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 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape–a young cargo shuttle pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.
This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel. Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist’s helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious. Let’s talk about each.
More small digression: I’m now on a demo tour in the AT-6 to Paraguay. I’m writing from Colon Ecuador. In fact, I’m in the Hilton Presidential Suite–I think they mixed me up with someone…
I mentioned that I like to let a novel write itself. The point of this is not to force the writing in one way or another, but to build the world from the setting. The details then come out of the writing itself.
Let’s put it this way. If you sat down and tried to develop on paper a world as complex as say Dune. You would find this to be an impossibility. The complexities and the details are not usually written by the author and then placed in the novel. The author develops a complex “world” by building the setting and then thinking about the setting. I’m can’t speak for Frank Herbert, but I can speak for myself.
When I need a spaceship, I don’t pull one from the notes I developed on the science fiction world–I build it from the science fiction world. I know this well. I’ve already written a group of novels about the far future of my Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox world. I know the planets in that “universe.” There are a couple of planets that produce spaceships. The spaceship of that “universe” are based on principles from the setting and science of that world–this is not to say it isn’t an extrapolation of the future based on real science, but rather that the science in the universe I created is already an extrapolation. The spaceships of the different eras in this science fiction universe look and operate in ways defined by the extrapolated science. This fiction universe is just one way the future could look. I’ll discuss this further.