Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 266, Freedom Development, How to Develop Storyline

27 March 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 266, Freedom 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.

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 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.

I am working on this new novel but not as quickly as I would like.  I’m kind of worn out from my work.  Flying long distances twice a day and conducting demos with pilots who are not qualified in the aircraft can be trying.  We were lucky that the aviators were very experienced and professional and that made the mission both successful and easier.

Right now, I’m catching up with my blogs and rereading my novel Valeska.  This is a fun novel–I hope it is published soon–I think many would enjoy it very much.

As I mentioned, in this blog, I’m writing about Freedom as a setting and generally about the characters in the novel.  The purpose is to give you a good idea about how to go about designing, starting, and writing a novel.  This novel has been both easier and harder than the last, Lilly, because this novel has an obvious climax and setting.  The climax for Lilly was not obvious at all.  I wrote a whole dissertation on how to develop a climax based on my experiences with that novel.  This was very helpful to me, and helped me determine the climax of that novel–it was actually more obvious than I imagined.  The problem was determining exactly what it was from the theme.

Escape, on the other hand, has an obvious climax, the problem is building to it properly.  As I mentioned, the climax of Escape is the escape.  The main characters will either succeed, that is a comedy, or they will fail miserably, that is a tragedy.  I’m aiming for a comedy–that is my style.  I’m writing about an authors style on one of my other blogs.  My style is for a redemptive theme usually with spiritual beings involved.  I have expanded my style with this new novel.  I want it to have a redemptive theme of spiritual dimensions, but with no spiritual beings–it is science fiction, after all.

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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