9 March 2012, Development - The Completed Picture in 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/.
You might have noticed, the creative process takes a lot of effort. If you can imagine the way I developed this first picture--the picture of Aksinya, the demon, and the setting--you can see how the creative process works in my mind. With this single picture, the novel is not written, and the novel doesn't write itself; however, with this single picture, the novel begins. From this single picture, the first scene explodes. This picture is the beginning of the creative process. This picture defines even the beginning details such as the theme.
Out of this picture is born the entire novel, but more specifically, from this picture comes the first scene.
We'll look more at the first scene in the creative process in 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/.