22 February 2012, Development - 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 picture I imagine that becomes the first scene of a novel is usually very specific. Here is how it developed for Aksinya. The picture came almost all at once. I imagined a person who sold thier soul to a demon. That was the flash of the first picture. The picture I wanted to create was of a person who sold their soul for an ethical and moral reason that was not achieved. You can see in the initial picture we have a demon and a person. The person is somehow innocent but at the same time very guilty.
The picture begins to build. You can see the blurry outlines of a demon and a person. You can begin to see the person. There must be a reason for calling the demon. There must be a sufficient reason for accepting the guilt of losing your soul.
We'll continue to explore the initial picture 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/.