Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 272, Title

2 April 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 272, Title

Announcement:  Ancient Light is delayed due to the economy.  You can read more 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.

I’ll make a slight digression because I’m developing advertising and publisher materials for my newest completed novel, Lilly.  Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.

Cover Propsal

Every novel needs a title.  In most cases, I start with a working title.  The working title for this novel was computer.  I see this novel as thematically one of my “enchantment” novels.  One of my  enchantment novels is a novel whose plot concerns ancient gods and goddesses within the context of the modern world.  Since the first enchantment novel, Hestia, I’ve named them after the protagonist/main focus of the novel plus the secondary idea of enchantment.

For example, Hestia is about the goddess Hestia and was titled, Hestia: Enchantment of the Hearth.  The reason was that the hearth is important both in the novel and to Hestia.  The enchantment relates to the element that brought about the novel.  Hestia is about an accidental enchantment that invoked the goddess Hestia into the modern world.

Lilly is a little different.  I’ll give you the synopsis later, but Lilly is about a young woman who befriends a Japanese god, a kami.  The Japanese god wants to endue Lilly with his power and responsibilities.  Thus, Lilly is the name of the main character and the enchantment relates to the element that brought about the novel (Lilly becomes a Japanese kami).  Computer relates to the particular skills of Lilly and her boyfriend, Dane.  Lilly is a computer genius.

This is how I named this novel, but I don’t think it will necessarily be its title when the novel is published.  Perhaps, if my enchantment novels are published sequentially, it will be the title.  Chances are, I may write a sequel to Lilly, or my publisher may not choose to publish the novels as a set.  In any case, I always trust the knowledge of my publisher concerning the market and market perception of a title.  There is more to setting a title on a work.

The cover proposal is simple–the idea is to provide a starting point and a basis for a website for he novel.

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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