25 September 2012, Development - Writing Creativity
Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, 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 beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
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.
Here are my rules of writing:
1. Entertain your readers.
2. Don't confuse your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
We have been through the basics of creativity. Now I want to get into the use of creativity. I've been here before, but repetition is always good for learning, and I will approach the subject from another viewpoint.
I hope that everyone who read this can say they have some degree of creativity. I also hope you are seeking to learn and foster the creativity you have. The art of writing has everything to do with creativity. Creativity is the beginning of all art and especially of writing. The question is again, how to harness the creativity you have to create.
If you noticed, one of the "filling" methods was reading. If you wish to write, you must read. You must read everything you can get your hands on. Reading is critical. It first helps you to learn creativity and it second, helps fill up your creative reservoir. Reading provides much much more for the writer.
I suspect that no one desires to write fiction who doesn't love to read fiction and who doesn't become immersed in fiction. I love to read good fiction. That's why I had the desire to write. My love of fiction gave me a desire to create novels like but better than those I read. I wanted to produce writing that people would love to read. This is the basis for creativity and for all writing.
I'll move on to basic writing exercises, tomorrow.
The following is a question asked by one of my readers. I'm going to address this over time: Please elaborate on scene, theme, plot, character development in a new novel creation....ie, the framework, the development, order if operation, the level of detail, guidelines, rule of thumb, tricks, traps and techniques. To what extent do you outline the historic context, culture, mannerism, speech, dress and thought process of the main characters, in a historic novel...in order to maintain integrity, and gradually (help) reveal attributes of a character in the story, or otherwise clarify the plot, scene, transition, tension or resolution?
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.thefoxshonorhttp://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.