22 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 165, yet more Dana-ana Discovery 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.
Like I wrote yesterday, everyone likes discovery novels (and themes), but most writers (artists) approach the theme using an amnesia plot device. There are other methods of developing discovery theme plots. I mention some of them in Dana-ana because that's what the other characters begin to imagine. They think Dana-ana might be a repatriated or protected spy. A covert agent who was given a past and a place to hide. They also imagine that she is a time traveler. She must hide who she is because that would affect time. They think she could be a criminal. They imagine she is persecuted, a witness in a witness protection program, etc., etc. These are all reasons why protagonists might keep quiet about their pasts. These are all reasons that allow other characters to make discoveries to determine the truth about the protagonist. In other words, there are many reasons why there can be a discovery theme and plot devices to accentuate such a theme. I recommend the use of discovery as an idea, a theme and a plot.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: