24 February 2012, Development - Developing Picture of 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/.
We have a picture of a demon and a person who called the demon. The place is Russia at the end of the Great War (WWI). The occasion was to save a family. There is a choice here. To save a common family (or a Bolshevik family) from the Russians or to save an aristocratic family from the Bolsheviks. The choice was easy for me. The Bolsheviks (Communists) are the most evil force in the modern world. The person therefore became someone who needed to save a family (their family) from the actions of the Bolsheviks during the Russian revolution. This is a very historically accurate position since there are many records of the Russian Communists murdering the aristocracy for no other reason then they were part of the Russian aristocracy. The Communists literally murdered men, women, and children who were aristocrats. The most famous was the murder of the Tzar's family.
Part of the reason for this choice is to produce a pathetic character. A pathetic character is one who evokes emotions.
We'll continue to explore the concept of the main character for 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/.