10 September 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 433, New Novel Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action
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.
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.
Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer. Lilly is my 24th novel.
The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I’ve just started on the next major run-through of my novel, Escape.
I’m an advocate of using the/a scene input/output method to drive the rising action–in fact, to write any novel.
1. Scene input (easy)
2. Scene output (a little harder)
3. Scene setting (basic stuff)
4. Creativity (creative elements of the scene)
5. Tension (development of creative elements to build excitement)
6. Release (climax of creative elements)
I can immediately discern three ways to invoke creativity:
1. History extrapolation
2. Technological extrapolation
3. Intellectual extrapolation
Creativity is like an extrapolation of what has been. It is a reflection of something new created with ties to the history, science, and logic (the intellect). Creativity requires consuming, thinking, and producing.
I couldn’t stop myself. I’m writing on a new novel. I’ve been thinking about it for months. I didn’t want to start too early–I wanted it to matriculate a little bit before I began to write. Before it could graduate, I started. I couldn’t stand not to write on it. I was editing Dana-ana, then I moved to Escape, but I became tired of working on them, and I had such a great and creative idea.
Like always, I started with a picture. The picture was an old woman, but not a helpless woman. This woman came down to her kitchen and pantry to check on a noise. This old woman has a cane. The shire and village has been struck by a sneak thief who steals only food. When the old woman comes to the kitchen, she finds a naked girl raiding her pantry. The old woman’s plan is to capture the girl in the pantry and call the constable. Before she can close the door, the girl rushes the opening and knocks herself out on the cane.
Now, there is an enormous backstory that I will reveal in the novel. The old woman is Mrs. Lyons. She is a widow, but her husband was once the head of a British intelligence organization. She has had many dealings with strange young women. She ties up the naked girl and, in the morning, tells her: I have three options. I can turn you into the constable. I can let you go. Or, I can rehabilitate you. This novel is a discovery novel about the rehabilitation of a girl who has very great problems. I’ll get into the creative part next.