28 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 262, more 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.
On the colony world of the novel, working title, Escape, there are numerous continents and at least one large island. The large island is a fascist nation that is based in pure extrapolated communism. This nation is called Freedom. Freedom has three groups of people on it: the Party Members, the citizens, and the armed citizens.
The Party Members have everything and the citizens do all the work. To ensue there is plenty of work and because they are retrograde, anything that can be accomplished by a human is done by a human. For example, cutting the grass to produce military grade roads is accomplished by hand labor. This isn't that odd for communist and socialist societies because the value of the human labor is low. There is no reason to mechanize anything if the cost of human labor is low.
In a high technological market based economy, human value is based mainly in service labor and intellectual labor. There are pockets of manufacturing and agricultural labor, but it becomes more and more valuable to mechanize manufacturing and agricultural labor to free up human resources for intellectual and service pursuits. Communist and socialist societies see labor as free, and in their slave based economies, it generally is.
In the nation of Freedom, the labor of the citizens comes at the cost of food, drink, and habitation. The punishment occurs when the value of the citizen drops below the value of their organs--then slash, slash, slash.
By the way, Merry fourth day of Christmas--this is my gift to you: more about technology.
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