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Monday, February 27, 2012

Development - More Developing the Picture of the Creative Process

27 February 2012, Development - More 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 person in the picture with the demon is a young woman.  I almost immediately gave her a name.  More than a week went into the development of her name, but I'll just give it right to you and explain how it came to be.  The young woman in the picture is Aksinya Andreiovna Golitsyna.  I came by the name very deliberately.  I've written before to you that you must name characters.  This is very true of the main characters, but also the secondary and to a degree the tertiary characters.

All my novels are enveloped in history.  They are fitted perfectly in their time and place.  I research the times and the places extensively before and while I write.  The mother of Aksinya Andreiovna Golitsyna was Princess Nina Vladimirovna Golitsyna, nee Bockmann.  She was killed by the Bolsheviks in February 1918.  I did take some liberties about her death and placed it in November 1918.  Aksinya's step father was Count Andrei Nikolaevich Golitsyna.  He was also murdered by the Bolsheviks.  Aksinya's birth father was
Grand Duke George Alexandrovich Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov.  This fact isn't revealed until late in the novel, but I want you to know this for the detail and the color of the picture I am building initially--the picture than defines the first scene.  The Grand Duke died of tuberculosis in 1900.  He was not married and did not leave any children.  I did play with history a little to make Aksinya who she was--I just tied up some loose ends. 

This means that Aksinya's baptismal name was Aksinya Georgovna Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov.  She was one of the many Russian princesses.  Her grandfather was Herzog Vladimir Bockmann, a German Duke.  She was aristocracy from her German and Russian ancestors.  You can see the beginnings of the problem that is Aksinya.  Her mother married a Romanov Prince and had a daughter.  The prince died before the child, Aksinya was born.  Aksinya's mother married a Russian Count--perhaps the relationship was based on love.  I don't tell you anything--I just leave tracks. 

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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