3 March 2012, Development - even more of the Demon 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 http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.
We are focusing on building the initial picture that set the scene for the beginning scene in the novel Aksinya. Within that picture is Aksinya and the demon, Asmodeus. Through this picture, I'm trying to show you how the creative process works in my brain, and how the initial creative process came about that ended in a novel of over 100,000 words. If you can understand some of this creative process, you might be able to use my techniques to build a novel or the idea for a novel.
To begin with, I build a picture. In this picture, we clearly see the person, Aksinya, we are seeing clearer and clearer the demon, Asmodeus. I've been focusing on Asmodeus to show how his character came about. If I don't forget, I'll do a whole session on character development within the creative process.
The picture of Aksinya in terms of her character is relatively well developed. On the other hand, the character of a demon is not within human understanding. An author must make a character humanized. That doesn't mean the character must have human characteristics, but rather that the characteristics can be understood by the normal person, your readers. It does no good to build a character who does not have human characteristics--it may be impossible, but in any case, the character of every character must be understandable and logical to your readers. This is true of the character of a demon.
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: 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/.