1 October 2012, Development - Applying 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.
I spent a long time on the basics of historical study, the plot and theme, symbols, characters, and then creativity (not quite in that order). What I'd like to do now is apply these within development to show how to create. What we'll do is gather the tools and devices I've put together and weave them into writing. I'll give some suggested exercises to help develop the tools and to provide examples of their use.
I'll use my rules of writing to tie the parts together and give examples from Akisnya. Gather together your historical notes, your cultural notes, your plot ideas, your character ideas, your primary symbols, and your ideas about theme. What we'll do with them is to turn them into a creative whole. Note the questions below. These are questions I'll try to answer with this approach to creativity. The point will be to recreate or create a creative moment for the purpose of the development of writing. Through this approach, we will see how to invent ideas and how to put those ideas on paper.
I'll move on to basic writing exercises and creativity in the near future.
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.
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, http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.