2 October 2012, Development - Goals
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.
You have to have a general idea of your goal. My goal was always to write a novel--I've written 21 novels plus a bunch of starts. I'm on 22 and 23, but progressing slowly. Of course my goals were not just to write a novel, but to be a published author--I have six books in print. My goals didn't stop there; I want to continue to have my novels published--I have two novels on contract. I have further goals--I'd like to see all my novels published, and I'd like to write a lot more novels.
If you want to accomplish anything in life, you must have goals. If you want to be an author, you need to define your goals. The goals above a pretty good, but if you are just starting to write, I think you should refine them. Here is the first goal I'd suggest.
1. Begin to write. I speak to wanna-be authors all the time. The difference between a wanna-be and an "is" is the doing. If you want to be a writer, you must write. This means you must begin and begin now. No excuses--just do it. Let's dive deeper into this. You need to start writing, and you need to do it regularly. I personally don't need a schedule for writing, but if you are the kind of person who needs a schedule to achieve something, then make a schedule. Schedule your writing and start. You might as well start right now--that is the minute you finish reading this blog. The starting is critical.
This is just like an exercise program--only better. People who stick to their exercise program will always see the benefits of that program. People who start a writing program will always see the benefits of that program. I don't mean to say you will become a great author, but until you actually start, there is no hope you will become a great author. Let's put it this way--if you start to write, there is a chance you will become a great author. If you don't start to write, you can never become any kind of author. Start writing.
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/.