6 August 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x127, It’s Finished, Editing, First Stage
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:
- Don’t confuse your readers.
- Entertain your readers.
- Ground your readers in the writing.
- Don’t show (or tell) everything.
- 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
I finished writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse. This might need some tweaking. The theme statement is: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.
Here is the cover proposal for Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.
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 finished my 29th novel, working title School. I’ll be providing information on the marketing materials and editing.
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.
Also during the first stage editing, the author checks the continuity of the work. Continuity includes time, dates, accuracy, names, name spelling, places, consistency of description, and to a degree consistency of character.
The author goes through each of these with the purpose of ensuring the consistency of the text. This can be very difficult to properly fix and find. In one of my contracted novels, Sister of Darkness, there was a missing year in the accounting. This time problem wasn’t that difficult to fix, but it was a problem that more than one editor missed.
The way I solve all these problems is with very careful notes. When I introduce a character, I put their name, description, and information in my notes. I keep track of places, time, and stuff in the notes. These notes are the way I maintain continuity through the novel. I’ve found that keeping detailed notes are the perfect way to both writing and keep everything the same in my novels.
I also put research in my note files. I usually organize my notes with the most important information first and then added information below. Critical notes and changes go at the top of the file. Important research information goes in order of appearance in the novel below the characters and descriptions.
Editing for consistency requires more than one read-through and the author can correct other issues and make other improvements. This is the purpose of the notes at the top of the note file.
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