18 October 2012, Development - Character to Place
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.
The development of the characters in a novel begin the scene and novel setting. I've been through this before, but I might as well hit it again. The fact that Aksinya is a Russian and Russian nobility begins the placement of the novel. The novel didn't have to be placed in Russia to begin with, but the origin of the protagonist made this a simple choice.
The Centurion Abenadar was born in the Galil in Nazeret, therefore, the setting and beginning of the novel is in Nazeret in the Galil. Alan Fisher, the protagonist of my published novel, The Second Mission, lives in Alamogordo, New Mexico--so the novel begins in Alamogordo, in retrospect, (it doesn't stay there very long) and actually the first scene begins in ancient Greece near Athens. I know this is confusing. The Second Mission is about the second mission into time. The novel begins where the protagonist's helper and the main subject of the novel is--Athens in ancient Greece. I hope that is clearer. In this case, the place of travel, subject of the novel (Socrates), and the main point of the theme focuses the place and beginning. I'll give you more, tomorrow.
More on turning your themes into plots tomorrow.
My Notes: once you have a theme, you need to begin to visualize your plot, focus your theme, and define your characters. More tomorrow.
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/.