18 May 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 38, more Vampire Conversation Rising Action
Announcement: There is action on my new novels. The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name. I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions. They are also working on a single theme for the covers. 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.
All novels have five discrete parts:
1. The initial scene (the beginning)
2. The rising action
3. The climax
4. The falling action
5. The dénouement
The theme statement of this new novel is: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.
What people want from your novels isn't really the action or the adventure. They want the action and adventure along with the wonderful characters your develop and then reveal in the novel. What is the novel, Oliver Twist without Oliver Twist? The novel is a revelation of the characters--that revelation will just naturally include some degree of action and adventure. Put Bob Sykes in the place of Oliver Twist and you will get what I mean. No one would care if Bob Sykes lives or dies--well actually many people would hope he would die. In the novel, Bob Sykes wouldn't ask for another bowl of soup--he would demand it, or he would steal it from another child. Bob Sykes is a character people hate. On the other hand, Oliver Twist is a character people love. He is a character they would like to see themselves like.
I'm not sure adults reflect on themselves in the role of the characters they read about. Many children do--adults, not so much. Writers should never see themselves in the role of one of the characters they develop. There is much to this.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: