17 March 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part 985, Characters, Developing the Rising Action, Themes and Pathos
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 also working on my 29th novel, working title School.
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.
For novel 28: 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.
For novel 29: Sorcha, the abandoned child of an Unseelie and a human, secretly attends Wycombe Abbey girls’ school where she meets the problem child Deirdre and is redeemed.
These are the steps I use to write a novel:
- Design the initial scene
- Develop a theme statement (initial setting, protagonist, protagonist’s helper or antagonist, action statement)
- Research as required
- Develop the initial setting
- Develop the characters
- Identify the telic flaw (internal and external)
- Write the initial scene (identify the output: implied setting, implied characters, implied action movement)
- Write the next scene(s) to the climax (rising action)
- Write the climax scene
- Write the falling action scene(s)
- Write the dénouement scene
Would you like to write a novel that a publisher will consider? Would you like to write a novel that is published? How about one that sells?
I’ve written a little already about developing characters. Let’s get into more details. I’ve pretty well determined the protagonist will be Deirdre. Her name is actually: Deirdre Effie (Oighrig) Calloway. She was born in May 1977. She is a reused character from for of my other novels—most specifically my later Ancient Light novels. Now, to her great secrets. Deirdre’s mother is Kathrin Calloway. Her father is James Calloway. Why this is important is James Calloway is a member of the Organization (used to be MI-19) and a share to MI-6. Kathrin is a member of the Organization and is also Ceridwen (the great goddess of the Gaelic people). This is one of my unique theme concepts that drive the Ancient Light novels. In general, in the Ancient Light novels the reader learns more and more about how displaced gods and goddesses are still protecting people and waging wars against the gods and goddesses who have not accepted the one true God. The concept idea behind Ancient Light is that gods and goddesses exist and were created by God to protect people and provide spiritual help until the coming of Christ. After the coming of Christ, the old gods and goddesses had the same choice as human beings—to accept and follow the true God and His Son, or to continue in opposition to God.
Likewise, using British mythos, there where three groups of angels in heaven: those who supported God, those who opposed God, and those who were neutral. The neutral angels were cast to earth to repent—they became the fae (fairies).
In School, the novel I’m writing, I have the intersection of a girl who is the child of a human and Ceridwen, and a girl who is the child of a human and an Unseelie fae. The power of this meeting and these novels is the unique flavor and incident of the spiritual in the guise of the supernatural. The great secret in all of my novels is this supernatural (spiritual) undergirding that drives the plot and theme. I’ll write more about Deirdre’s secrets.
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