13 August 2017, Writing Ideas – New Novel, part x134, It’s Finished, Editing, Continuing part 3
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.
I explained my plan to write, protect, and backup my files. I suspect there may be easier ways to do this, but I’m not so sure. I’ve been writing stories for over 50 years, novels for 41 years, and with computers for 30 years. I’ve been through a lot of changes in computers and software. I’ve lost whole files and parts of files. I’ve lost blog files. That’s why I developed my current approach to writing my blogs. The loss of critical or at least important files leads a wise person to develop some means to prevent another loss. That’s how I developed my approach to writing, protecting, and backing up my files. Whatever you do, make sure you protect your files. There are other problems you need to worry about.
The most or least evident is changes in software. If you haven’t been around this world very long, you don’t realize how devastating this problem can be. I likely have some files that can’t be opened with any modern software. I have tried to go through these files and update them to the latest versions of software. I also hope their digital existence and all the backups are good copies because I know at some point I will want to read or use them. They might be unusable or unreadable.
I do know that many of the programs I wrote and compiled back in the early days of computers will not run on anything. Maybe on an ancient computer, but no longer. A DOS box won’t run them or any emulator I’ve found, and I lost the source code.
The best protection for writing might be to print a copy at some point. That’s what I hope my publishers are doing—that’s printing or publishing my works. That’s an entirely different problem. In any case, I hope you are slightly depressed and at the same time motivated to protect your writing. Perhaps printing is a good idea. In the future, scanners and Optical Character Readers (OCR) will be so good you could be assured you wouldn’t lose anything. Oh, remember all your CDs, DVDs, and Blue-ray disks are all software too. You might end up like me and my laser disks, no place to play them.
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