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 Ecuador.
On the colony world of the novel, working title, Escape, there are numerous continents and at least one large island. The large island is a fascist nation that is based in pure extrapolated communism. This nation is called Freedom. Freedom has three groups of people on it: the Party Members, the citizens, and the armed citizens.
Indeed, the extrapolation of a socialist or a communist nation is that the citizens are treated like chattel. Their value is only the worth they bring to the state–they have no inherent value and no inherent worth.
In Freedom, this value is tracked numerically for each citizen. I mentioned before, when the value of a citizen becomes less than the value of his organs and fluids, he is harvested. Many are harvested in the womb or as children. Of course, Freedom has a strong eugenics program. All fascist socialist and communist regimes dream of a eugenics program. They want to breed the best and brightest citizens. All fascist socialist and communist regimes want to control family constituents and relationships.
In freedom, the children are taken immediately from the mother and father to ensure a perfect upbringing by the state. The state is the best parent for the children. When the child’s value, including potential becomes less than their organs, the child is harvested. Sometimes, the child of a Party Member needs an organ–one of the children citizens loses their life–for of course, the unloved child of a citizen can never be worth the life of a beloved Party Member’s child. Medicine and medical procedures are made to sustain the life of the Party Members and not the citizens. This is the medical environment of Freedom.