15 September 2016, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 803, Climax Examples, Warrior of Darkness
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 the last one, Warrior of Darkness ends in the 1990s. I’ll write about the climax of these novels. The eighth novel in the series is Warrior of Darkness.
Klava, yes the young girl introduced in Children of Darkness and Light has grown into a woman. She works for British intelligence and is currently fighting the IRA in Northern Ireland. She uses her powers to deflect the IRA bombs back to their builders and setters—yes, she can do that. The use of her power affects her heart and mind. She has two chains: one with the lives she has saved and another with the lives she has killed. The lives she has saved is much longer than the ones she has killed. Whenever Klava uses her power, it causes harm to her. She wanders the night, smoking, and drinking. Her handmaiden has to find her and count her chains.
Klava is the protagonist of this novel. During an act of power, she is taken by Niul. Niul is a magic user and someone who works for the IRA. He tries to help Klava, but is overcome by his passion and desire and rapes her. The problem is who Klava is and what Niul’s actions mean in the larger scope of the world. Klava’s problem is Niul. She can’t abandon him and she can’t forgive him. Her telic flaw is the restitution of her person and her life. The expected climax is this resolution. The unexpected resolution is how everything works out in the novel. The climax is action filled. Thus, it fulfills the requirements for a climax.
My next as yet uncontracted novel is Hestia: Enchantment of the Hearth.
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