12 September 2016, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 800, Climax Examples, Shadow of Light
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 26th novel, working title, Shape, proposed title, Essie: Enchantment and the Aos Si, is this: Mrs. Lyons captures a shape-shifting girl in her pantry and rehabilitates her.
I just started writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Trainee. This might need some tweaking. The theme statement is something like this: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, the dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.
Here is the cover proposal for Essie: Enchantment and the Aos Si. Essie is my 26th novel.
The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja.
I’m an advocate of using the/a scene input/output method to drive the rising action–in fact, to write any novel.
- Scene input (easy)
- Scene output (a little harder)
- Scene setting (basic stuff)
- Creativity (creative elements of the scene)
- Tension (development of creative elements to build excitement)
- Release (climax of creative elements)
How to begin a novel. Number one thought, we need an entertaining idea. I usually encapsulate such an idea with a theme statement. Since I’m writing a new novel, we need a new theme statement. Here is an initial cut.
Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.
I’ll try not to introduce spoilers. You can’t read these novels yet, but it’s worth writing about the process of developing the climax for them. I have two contracted novels Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness. These are supposed to be published in a three-in-one with Aegypt and individually. The economy has delayed their publication. These first three novels are called Ancient Light. They include Aegypt, Sister of Light, and Sister of Darkness. They don’t end there. I wrote eight total novels. Aegypt begins in 1926 and Warrior of Darkness ends in the 1990s. I’ll write about the climax of these novels. The fifth novel in the series is Shadow of Light.
At the end of Shadow of Darkness, Lumière and her love, Alexandre escape from the Soviet Union through East Germany. Lumière is reunited with her family, but she learned a hard lesson in the USSR—life and death danger lurks around the world, and she must confront it. Confronting her personal enemies could result in the death of Alexandre or members of her family. Because of this, Lumière causes Alexandre to leave—she returns to Britain to work in British intelligence. Lumière’s goal is to find the Goddess of Darkness and destroy her.
The historical climax of the novel is the removal of Mao as the chairman of the Chinese Communist party. The protagonist is Lumière, and her external telic flaw is her enemy, the Goddess of Darkness. Her internal telic flaw is her inability to love herself and others. This novel is very complex like Shadow of Darkness and very fun. Lumière and Alexandre become involved in Chinese culture and politics. They confront the Goddess of Darkness. You can see that the expected climax is the defeat of the Goddess of Darkness. The unexpected resolution is the means of the defeat and the result of the defeat. This has got to be filled with action—I assure you it is.
My next as yet uncontracted novel is Children of Light and Darkness.
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