28 September 2016, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 816, Climax Examples, Regia Anglorum
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 other novels.
The Ghost Ship Chronicles are a set of five science fiction novels centered around a single theme idea. The novel started as one, but the theme idea was so large, it kind of took on a life of its own. I don’t like trilogies or other super long novels in multiple volumes. I wrote these novels to be stand alone, but provided an introduction to each to bring the reader up to date. You could read these novels separately, but they all drive to a common problem and theme.
The common theme of The Ghost Ship Chronicles is that Den Protania picked up a new soul from a derelict ship. For some reason, the soul from the Athelstan Cying was necessary in the current age. Den’s mind is now the mind of an ancient psionic warrior. His friend, now wife Natana Kern is also caught up in his misadventures and something is affecting her soul too.
The third novel is Regia Anglorum. Den and Nata have taken command of the ship they captured in Twilight Lamb. They are still seeking the Athenian Chapter. During their first trading run, Nata comes across a child with a powerful psionic mind. The child is Nikita, the daughter of a singer from Carnival and a family trader. Den and Nata rescue and adopt Nikita. This becomes one of my favorite types of novels, the school based development novel. To me one of the most entertaining plots is exploring a future school. A school on a family trader ship is just a fun environment.
Nikita is a child with very difficult issues. Her biggest issue is her telic flaw. In fact, Nikita is the protagonist of this novel. Nikita’s external telic flaw is that she was abandoned and has no family. Her internal telic flaw is that she has trust issues. Because of the environment of Carnival, she has special male trust issues. Obviously, Regia Anglorum is about Nikita’s trust issues. Her trust issues are as powerful as Den’s identity problems.
When Den and Natana are on the surface of a planet investigating the Athenian Charter, they go missing. This is especially a problem for Nikita. Den and Natana have become her family. She absolutely can’t let them go. So, we have an expected climax—that Nikita, or someone finds Den and Natana and rescues them. Nikita is only about ten years old. As the protagonist, this is her job, so to speak. The expected climax becomes the unexpected resolution, and of course, we have action in the climax.
I’ll move to my science fiction unpublished novels. I’ll look at the Ghost Ship Chronicles. We’ll inspect Shadowed Vale next.
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