12 April 2012, Development - Entertainment, First Scene
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.
The steps in making and using a character in a novel are as follows:
1. Development of the character (history, description, personality, etc.)
2. Revelation of the character (within the novel, show don't tell)
a. Description of the character - introduction
b. Voice of the character
c. Continuing revelation by showing
In a classical plot (and in most of my novels) you have a protagonist, an antagonist, and a protagonist's helper. If you develop these three characters for a novel, the plot will naturally fall out of the development of the characters.
To write a novel, you start with the characters. You develop them to a point that you can make a first scene. The first scene must be exciting and introduce the characters, the setting, the novel, and the theme. The first scene develops out of the characters and the other scenes follow.
Aksinya is a great example of this type of development. The novel starts with Aksinya and Asmodeus. Aksinya calls the demon and we move forward with the first scene. To be specific, the input or the first scene is the description of the place and the calling of the demon Asmodeus. The focus of the novel is obvious. The first scene ends with Aksinya demanding the demon protect her family. That is the end of the first scene and the beginning of the next. In the next scene, we find Aksinya's family has been murdered. The out put of that scene is the demand for revenge by Aksinya. You can see, just as I mentioned before, each scene follows the next logically.
I'll write about classical forms in literature, and I'll write more about characters, especially about the characters, and plot 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/.