15 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 188, proof Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action
Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials. That included the book teaser and the author bio. They looked good. They also sent the covers for the individual novels. I'll put up the covers when I can. The proposed 3 in1 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 are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic. In using the Legal-Historical method, we look for witnesses and evidence. When studying witnesses and evidence, using the Legal-Historical method, we rate witnesses and evidence in terms of primacy. Primacy is a measure of the closeness of the witness and the evidence. We measure this witness specifically by the closeness of the witness and the evidence. A witness (or evidence) that is an eye witness (or the record of an eyewitness)--a direct witness to an event in history is called a primary witness. A primary witness is always the best witness and is considered the highest level of witness. One very important rule in the Legal-Historical method is that primary witnesses are always considered better than any other witness. Primary witnesses are always considered of equal weight unless one is proven to be wrong by other primary evidence or witness. A primary witness is always considered more accurate than any lesser witness. By the way, it is significantly difficult to disprove a primary witness.
The next level of witness is called secondary. A secondary witness is called a hearsay witness. A hearsay witness is the record of a witness who interviewed or heard the information from a primary witness. In a court of law, hearsay witness is not allowed. In history, many times the best witness we have is a secondary witness. The most common secondary witness is a newspaper report. Bet you didn't know that a newspaper report is considered less accurate than any primary witness, and that it is hearsay evidence.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: