27 June 2013, Writing Ideas - Nudity in Writing
Announcement: My novels Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness are about to be published. I write this blog about 2 months prior to its publication. I just heard that the proofs will be here soon--likely before the end of the week. My publisher also wants to put the entire set of novels based on Aegypt on contract--that's 5 more novels for 8 total. They also want to put my other novels on contract. The release schedule should be one novel every 2 months. I'll keep you updated.
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.
In real life people take off their clothing for various reasons. In a
novel, unless it drives the plot, theme, or story line there is little reason to
document the action, consequences, or reasons for your character's nudity.
In my novels, especially the Aegypt novels www.AegyptNovel.com, I use nudity with a
specific purpose in mind. I'm giving away real secrets here, about my writing
and my ideas on writing.
Back to Eden
One of the main themes in the
Aegypt Novels is 'back to Eden' driven by Leora. Leora, the Goddess of Light, is
not perfect, but she is the archetype Eve--the perfect woman. Her nudity
demonstrates and represents her closeness to God. Likewise Lumie're, her
daughter, and the Goddess of Darkness, in her time, is clothed and uncomfortable
unclothed. These themes play throughout the novels with this specific
Good/Purity and Evil/Impurity
Leora, the Goddess of Light, is
naked at certain times, and Leila, the Goddess of Darkness, is always naked. The
contrast within the books is their stature and pose--the purpose for their
nudity is to represent the concept the Jews call Eve/Lilith. Eve was created
perfect, the mother of mankind, Lilith was created perfect and the mother of
demons. The concept displays how beauty and perfection of form does not equate
to beauty and perfection of purpose.
cultures and societies in my novels. Many cultures are driven by clothing, many
are not. The contrast and comparison is wonderful. The play between them
significant. A powerful contrast in many cultures is their view of nudity. The
ancient Irish culture abhorred it, while the Greeks thought it was completely
normal. This comparison/contrast based on clothing, or the lack of it, provides
a powerful driver for plot lines. I do this a lot in my newest novel
Shock refers to the characters and the readers. The
shock value of the use of nudity in a fashion the reader may not expect can be
powerful--the shock value between characters whose cultural perceptions are very
different is priceless. These cannot drive a theme, but they provide some power
within a theme--especially a theme about culture.
All these ideas work
together on the page. They are self supporting and although can be used
separately, gain power through being used together.
See more writing
secrets at www.ldalford.com
For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel, http://www.centurionnovel.com, www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, thefoxshonor, aseasonofhonor.