27 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 261, Technology 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 25th novel, working title, Escape, is this: 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.
More small digression: I'm now on a demo tour in the AT-6 to Paraguay. I'm writing from Paraguay.
Let's talk about technology. I did a whole series on extrapolating technology for science fiction. I am using all the ideas I wrote about in this novel. I'm giving away a bit, but by the time the novel is published, you'll have forgotten it all. The world of Escape is a colony of earth. I'm not certain how much I'll describe this (if at all) in the novel. The colony is technologically superior to our times and yet slightly retrograde in some ways.
The superior technology are all the modes of travel, management, and operations of the truly free nations on the planet. The retrograde are personal equipment and goods. Therefore, I don't have human integrated technology--I left the technology slightly higher than today, but still fixed in manufactured goods. For example, in the future, books will be projected from an installed chip or device in the brain to the person's mind. In Escape, they still use electronic books. The electronic books are higher tech than ours, but they are still not human imbedded. The people of Freedom are both retrograde with some high tech. Their high tech deals with medical, coding, human materials, foods, and drugs. They are very retrograde in some areas, especially those that can be easily replaced with human labor.
By the way, Merry third day of Christmas--this is my gift to you: more about technology.
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