14 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 248, even 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.
Although the theme statement of the new novel I'm discussing does not include anything spiritual, the human journey and a journey to escape tyranny could be seen as a spiritual theme. At the very least, it could be seen as an allegory. And why not? The point of writing a novel is to entertain. Humans engage the world on many levels. The primary is the physical. The next is the intellectual or thoughts. The last is the spiritual. How can there be entertainment without engaging all three levels in a novel.
If you will note, some of the most popular novels today have some degree of spirituality. The magic kid's novel is all about the spiritual. The sparkly vampires are all about the spiritual. Humans seek the spiritual. You can dress this up as the meaning of life or the purpose of life or their purpose in life, but the actuality is that each human is seeking his of her place in the world. I call that a spiritual search--others don't. In any case, I intend to introduce a spiritual theme to this new dystopian novel. I want that theme to enliven my characters and encourage my readers.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: