24 August 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 24 yes the Part not Described
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.
The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:
1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.
After we see the character in a stage play, the play begins and the character is revealed. The only way a character in a stage play is revealed is through the conversation and actions of the character. This is also how a novelist should reveal the parts of the character that are not physically evident.
The character is already developed by the author before the character is revealed in a novel or a stage play. In other words, the author of either work has already defined the character, but the character is not revealed. The character may never be fully revealed. For example, how much do you really know about anyone in your life. You may or may not know much at all. You certainly do not know the full revelation of any person--not even yourself. Most people do not fully understand themselves or their motivations.
The author must fully understand his characters. He must fully develop them before he writes his novels. The characters are already developed before the novel is written and the author reveals the characters. How does she reveal her characters? That is for tomorrow.
Also remember, I'm trying to show you and give you examples of how to write a science fiction theme statement and turn it into a plot.
For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com, www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, www.thefoxshonor.com, www.aseasonofhonor.com.