16 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 159, more Off stage Exploration methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action
Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments. One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book. I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt. The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com. I'll keep you updated. I should have three new books out soon.
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 my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.
Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves. The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.
You can see, exploration is a great means for character revelation. There are many ways you can deliver this revelation in your novel. I gave some conversational examples, but imagine a letter, a telegram, a book, the Internet. In some of my more recent novels, the characters investigate (explore) the protagonist through the Internet. Usually I use conversation to "reveal" their findings. For example, in my yet unpublished novel, Khione, Khione is researched by the college students who become involved with her--they discover much that is very interesting and difficult to understand about Khione. Further research is accomplished "off stage" and reported by email.
Using modern technology to convey information is an excellent means of reporting exploration and revealing characters. It is a great means for authors to remind their readers that not everything you read or write in the aether come out right or is correct. Obfuscation was never so easy. Still, other forms such as notes, text messages, and phone calls can all be used to provide information and "reveal" the characters. The purpose, after all, is to reveal the characters--at least to the point required for the novel to progress and to entertain the readers.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: