13 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 247, more Theme 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.
A critical question for all people is: what is the meaning of life? This is ultimately a spiritual question. People will always be asking this question. That's why Dune is such a great novel. Dune is one of the few science fiction novels that doesn't ignore the place of the spiritual in its created world. In my opinion, Dune shouldn't be unique. The problem is the modern novel and not the very few that actually engage in issues and ideas that are important to real people. This is especially true today.
The way I plan to engage the spiritual in my new dystopian science fiction novel is to have the protagonist ask to look through the protagonist's helper's survival kit. The company places a New Testament in every survival kit. The nation of Freedom doesn't allow its citizens books. The protagonist, Reb, will want to read the book and ask the protagonist's helper about it. This is a simple means to inject a spiritual idea into the novel. The point is to provide all the elements of a normal society. I know many intellectuals reject religious or spiritual concepts and ideas, but that doesn't mean they aren't important to a majority of people. It also doesn't mean writers should ignore them.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: