25 February 2012, Development - Developing the 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/.
For the book Aksinya, the picture for the first scene is developing. Remember, there is no title yet. I set it long after the novel was written. I mentioned that I wanted to develop a character who evoked emotion. The character is becoming clearer and clearer in the initial picture. The sex has not been determined yet, but we have a member of the Russian aristocracy who called a demon to protect their family from the Bolsheviks.
I asked the question before. Here it is again: what kind of person could call a demon? A member of the aristocracy would potentially have the opportunity for an fantastic education. They would have the time to study an esoteric subject like sorcery. A person who studies sorcery, especially at a young age, would have to be somewhat isolated and alone. They would be very intelligent but not necessarily used to interacting with people.
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/.