10 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 244, still more Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline
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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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, 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:
I started writing on my newest novel. Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.
This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel. Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious. Let's talk about each.
The edge in my protagonist is that she will do anything to escape the nation she in in. She has no knowledge about anywhere else--she will learn from my protagonist's helper. Still, she realizes the oppression of her society, and she longs for something more. I need to build so sense of how she concluded this, but I intend to make this a revelation novel. She and the protagonist's helper will confront many issues in Freedom (the nation) that will bring home the fascist nature of the place.
The culture is militaristic and what the citizens don't realize is that they work to keep he few--the party in power and in great wealth. The slogans of the place speak about wealth as evil and poverty as good--like all socialistic and communistic regimes, the party lives in elegance and wealth while the "citizens" live in controlled poverty. This is the power of this kind of dystopian novel.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: