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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Development - Further Developing the Picture of the Creative Process

26 February 2012, Development - Further 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 and select "production schedule," you will be sent to

The initial picture for the novel Aksinya is coming into focus.  I am showing how the main character came into being for this novel.  With a demon involved and the concept of calling a demon, I intended the theme of the novel to be about temptation.  Already, we see the main character is an aristocrat, a loner, a person of some skill, obviously one who is fearless (or almost fearless), but who loves her or his family.  Now, I want to settle on the person. 

I mentioned before that I sought a pathetic character.  A pathetic character is one who evokes emotion.  A man who is tempted and succumbs to temptation is viewed as either weak (for succumbing to temptation) or as over pious (for resisting temptation).  Generally, in terms of temptation, a man will not do.  A boy is similar.  There are pathetic circumstances for young men and boys, but most of them are romantic.  Pathos is very easy with a woman and especially a girl or young woman.  This is the character I thought would best represent temptation and most believably fit in the picture I was developing. 
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:, and the individual novel websites:,,,,, and

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