11 September 2015, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 434, more 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.
The creativity in this new novel, working title, Shape, comes out of the characters and circumstances. The initial scene sets the pace of the novel. In the initial scene an old woman finds a naked girl raiding her pantry. That in itself is a mystery worth exploring. That is the setup for the novel. Of course, you can discern everything isn’t what it seems. The old woman decides to keep the girl around to “rehabilitate” her. The reality is that she wants to also know what is going on.
The old woman is the widow of a British Intelligence agent. She is Mrs. Lyons, a character who has had a supporting role in many of my novels. She is a quirky character and has had dealings with very unusual people through her life. It isn’t unusual that she should encounter another odd one.
The girl is a mystery. I wrote a little about her earlier. She is a new type of character for me to write about. In that I am exploring creativity with the bounds of a new and different character. I’ll tell you the secret of the girl–her character is already developed. The girl is a shape-shifter. She isn’t bright and comes about her powers through a permanent curse. She was captured and kept by a relative. She was locked up like an animal. She doesn’t speak and has very animal-like characteristics. She can change into a very large cat when threatened or under great stress. Her previous keeper learned to prevent her from changing by keeping her weak and through physical pain (beating her). We will see that as a scene in the novel.
The point for creativity is to take an idea (old or new) and make something entirely new with it. With these characters and these ideas, I can weave an entire novel.