16 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 250, more Protagonist's Helper 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 protagonist's helper is likely the most important character, next to the protagonist, in a novel. There is a joke in Japan that to have a good Manga (graphic novel/comic) you need a girl, her best friend, and a bad guy. The point is that the best friend (protagonist's helper) allows a revelation of the protagonist because the friend provides a mirror to the soul of the protagonist. The best friend knows the protagonist best. It also allows some mystery--because who really is the protagonist's helper?
The protagonist's helper is always some slight mystery. The protagonist is revealed--the protagonist's helper stays somewhat in the background. In writing, you might not have understood or fully comprehended the importance of the protagonist's helper. They are the lovers, best friends, comrades, etc. of the protagonist. In my new novel, my protagonist's helper will begin as the rescue, then friend, then lover of my protagonist.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: