16 June 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 67, Tension Developing Storyline 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.
Like I wrote, when you imagine any scene, imagine the action and tension development in the scene. The point is to have some degree of excitement in every scene. Every scene must have a building climax to a release. This is called tension and release. Yesterday, I mentioned that I revised the idea for a scene. I originally pictured an intense scene where the vampire girl was abused by those who were interrogating her. I changed this to a confrontation during a Christmas party. The time was opportune to the season, but the confrontation came between the agent's bosses wife and the vampire, Heidi. The point is that in every scene, I determine a tension and release.
In my novels, every scene has tension development with a release. Even the simplest scene should have some tension development with a release. I can't express this any stronger--you must have tension and release in every scene. In the scene I developed at the party, the director of Stele (the agent's boss's wife) recognizes that the vampire, Heidi is not human. She can't identify what kind of creature Heidi is, but she knows she is something not human. Their is a gentle altercation between the two. Heidi is offended and causes a scene. When the agent, George upbraids her, Heidi becomes upset at him. The tension builds with each encounter. Eventually, the release is when Heidi and the director of Stele have a private conversation.
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