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 that provided the focus for the novel Aksinya is a metaphor for the creative process. It is also a direct example of how I created the ideas for the novel. I showed you already the depth of the historical research and information that went into developing this picture. Remember, once we have the picture (the scene setting) we can release the characters to act in the scene, and this first scene defines the entire novel.
We have built the character Aksinya. Now, we need to build the demon. I wanted a real demon. This required about a week of research. The demon I centered on was Asmodeus. Asmodeus was my choice because, first, I wanted part of Aksinya's problems to be related to sensuality. I chose specifically for her temptation to be luxuria. This is one of the seven deadly sins that is usually translated as lust in English. Luxuria is more than a desire for sex or intimate sensuality. Luxuria includes all the temptations of human sensuality: good food, drink, clothing, possessions, desire, etc. I chose the demon Asmodeus because in literature, he is the demon of luxiria, and luxuria is Aksinya's problem. I also chose Asmodeus for other reasons.
We'll continue to explore the concept of the demon, Asmodeus, 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/.