22 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 256, Climax Development, 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.
I looked at each of the elements of the novel that come out of the theme statement for the novel. I mentioned the climax, but I didn't go into any details. I'll move on to that part of the novel. We saw how the theme statement can be used to devise the setting, the initial scene, the protagonist, the protagonist's helper, and the antagonist. I mentioned that the climax, in this theme statement, is obvious. The climax isn't obvious in every theme statement--notably the theme statements of both Valeska and Lilly do not define the climax well. In this novel, the climax is part of the action word in the theme--escape.
The climax of this new novel must be an escape--or a tragic failure to escape. The climax isn't necessarily set, but the concept of the climax is set. The focus of the writing of this novel will be aimed toward escape. The writing will move the characters in such a way that they will attempt to escape the nation of Freedom (the setting). Specifically, this climax defines the entire novel--to be trite, this is an escape novel. The characters, the setting, the initial scene, and the antagonist all point to escape.
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