25 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 198, Thinking, 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. The three tests used for all documentary evidence in history are: the bibliographical test, the internal test, and the external test. Let's see how we can use these tests.
The way people think about the world is rooted in their religious (spiritual) view of the world--no kidding. There are four stages in religious thinking (religions):
1. Animism - gods in everything, man is fated
2. Pantheonic Paganism - gods rule certain things and both man and god are fated
3. Mysterium - gods rule and man can know god through rituals and education
4. Gnosticism - god is there and man can be like him through knowledge
Societies and cultures that are based in animism believe that gods make everything happen, therefore everything that has life or motion in nature is controlled by gods. Each tree has a god (dryad), that makes the tree grow. Each river has a god, that makes the river move. Every living and moving thing grows, lives, and moves because of the god within it. This doesn't apply to humans. Humans, in the view of the animist, have self-will and self-consciousness to a degree. The animist sees humans with an eternal aspect that is not like the gods, but that allows humans to interact with the real and spiritual world. If a person acted without restraint (madness or mental illness), they believed the person was controlled by a god. In fact, animism sees all human illness as the result of gods either punishing or controlling the person. In animism, humans must placate and please the gods to prevent bad things from happening. Therefore, when humans take the fruit of a tree, they must pray and give a gift to the tree. When an animal is killed to be eaten, a sacrifice must be made of the animal. This is why all meat that was eaten in the ancient world was sacrificed to the gods.
Animism also sees both humans and gods as fated. The Greeks called this pathos (fate of man) and chronos (fate of the gods). If you think about what I've written about animism, I think you can begin to understand how most people thought in the ancient world.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: