17 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 160, Discover 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.
There is a lot more to say about exploration, it is a great means of revelation, but I'd like to move on to discovery. I broke discovery into discovery and accidental discovery. There isn't much difference between the two, but I think they are worth contemplating.
Discovery is when an event occurs in the plot that reveals something important about a character--usually something the character didn't want other people to know. For example, in the newest novel I am writing the protagonist has scars all over her body. She doesn't want anyone to know she was abused and beaten--she thinks this indicates weakness. The accidental discovery of this by the protagonist's helper is a revelation discovery. In Aksinya, Natalya has abuse scars on the backs of her legs and back, they are revealed to Aksinya by the demon. This is pure discovery--not accidental. The discovery immediately tells you something about the character. The demon goes on to tell Aksinya, that Natalya was beaten and beaten before she could come in response to Aksinya's spell.
Discovery is an important means of revelation. It is a means that allows the author to show something important about a character through the narrative.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: