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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Development - Character Development in the Picture of the Creative Process

4 March 2012, Development - Character Development in 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

As you might have surmised from my description of the development of Aksinya as a character, the demon also must have a developed character before the novel starts.  A novel is not really a place to develop a character but rather to reveal a character.  The main character might show a change in character--that is true character development, but there always exists at the beginning a character that the author reveals.  I am using the language very specifically here--if it sounds strange to you, think about it.  A character already has a developed character before the novel begins.  Within the novel, the author reveals the character of the characters.  The main character might have a change in character.  We usually call the revelation of the character character development.  As I pointed out, this is sloppy use of language.

I showed you parts of the character of Aksinya.  Within the novel, I reveal the depth of Aksinya's character to you.  I also do this with the demon.  I don't wish to say the demon is a simpler character, but the reality is that he is more simple than a human.  That doesn't mean his actions as less complex--the demon always acts in a singular fashion.  A great deal of the novel is to reveal this to Aksinya.  As it is revealed to Aksinya, it is also revealed to the reader.

Asmodeus has the character of a demon--we'll look at that tomorrow.

I'll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples:, and the individual novel websites:,,,,, and

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