19 February 2012, Development - The Creative Process
Introduction: I realized that I need to introduce this blog a little. I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. The working title was Daemon, and this was my 21st novel. Over the last year, 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.
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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.
I've already given you the novel Aksinya complete with comments and notations. You could use that as a basis to understand much of my creative process, but I thought it might be even more effective to begin at the beginning and go through the steps that led directly to writing Aksinya. Those same steps can be applied to the creation of any novel as well as any creative endeavor.
What I'll try to do is to define the process of creating a novel length idea, fleshing it out, and finally completing the novel. Through the definition of this process, we can look at many concepts and problems writers face, and I can try to clearly explain how to generically use the creative process to at least develop a novel.
I'll begin to write about the reasons I wrote and conceived of the novel Aksinya, tomorrow.
I'll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.