28 March 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 267, Style 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 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 wrote that my theme style is redemptive with spiritual dimensions. I don’t want you to be confused about what this means. A redemptive theme simply means the protagonist has a change of heart in some way. Classically, they could come out of an evil life or profession. Inspirationally and classically, they could change their lives for the better. In Escape, I intend for the protagonist to have a complete change of life. She will learn all the things in life she is missing as a citizen of Freedom. She will confront her own life and ideas and realize where they are wrong. She will learn about love (real love) and about friendship. Her redemption will be both physical and intellectual (also spiritual, if you like).
My protagonist’s helper will go through a similar change. He has not been in love before. He has not considered many of the ideas he must confront with the protagonist. He has been responsible for people and objects, but not responsible for the mind and life of another person. His learning and redemption will also propel the novel, because he should also escape (physical redemption) and learn to love (intellectual redemption). There is much in this concept of redemption.