22 September 2016, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 810, Climax Examples, Essie
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’m writing about how to develop the climax of a novel. I’m giving examples from my published and yet to be published novels. I’ll try not to introduce spoilers. You can’t read some of 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. In addition to the Ancient Light novels, I’ve written some very fun novels I call my enchantment novels. The seventh is Essie: Enchantment and the Aos Si.
I wrote before that the enchantment novels are in some ways experimental novels. In this regard, I am writing redemptive themes about creatures and beings we usually don’t think can ever be redeemed. In this novel, I wrote about a shape-shifter—the Aos Si. The Aos Si is a very unusual creature. It is not a werewolf. It is a creature steeped in ancient British lore.
Essie is a being abused and kept in a cage. She escapes and is raiding the kitchens in the Shire. Mrs. Lyons discovers Essie in her pantry and captures her. What Mrs. Lyons doesn’t know is that Essie is at war with the sovereign goddess of the Celtic lands. Essie is the Aos Si, and her place (position of authority) has been taken from her.
Essie’s external telic flaw is that she is at war with the chief goddess of the Celtic lands. She has lost her place. Her internal telic flaw is that she has lost her place (her authority). As the Aos Si, she controls the fae. The expected climax is that Essie retakes her place. To do this, she must confront and overcome the goddess of the Celtic lands, Ceridwen. The Aos Si can’t overcome anything. Her purpose is not to overcome, but to forgive. There is a conundrum that can’t be resolved logically. Since the expected climax can’t come about, the unexpected resolution is completely unexpected. It must include action, of course.
My next as yet uncontracted Enchantment novel is Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.
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