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 http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.
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: 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/.