1 June 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 52, more Themes, Developing Characters 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.
If you haven't noticed, I'm tying the character development back into the theme of the novel. As I mentioned and you know, vampires supposedly have no hope of redemption. One of the general themes I've been investigating in my writing is redemption for creatures or beings for whom we might imagine there never could be any redemption. My overall Ancient Light novels started this idea with gods and goddesses. I really began to explore the concept with Aksinya. A person who calls a demon can't possibly be redeemed--can she? I went further on this theme with Khione. How can an abused, sex-slave, demi-goddess ever find redemption? Valeska is just another step in this direction. When I started writing, I couldn't imagine how a vampire could be redeemed. I'm not sure I answered the question as succinctly as many would like, but I like the answer.
By the way, I finished the novel yesterday 30 March 2014. I write these blogs ahead for may reasons--that's why the time delay. The next step is editing. I already know where there are some issues. I don't have an inspiration for another novel at the moment, but I'm sure one will come to me in a month of two--or less. The last one came to me even before I finished Khione. The trick is then in the publication. That is a long process that requires much patience. Glad I have a day job.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: