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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.
I'll make a slight digression because I'm developing advertising and publisher materials for my newest completed novel, Lilly. Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.
The initial scene is the scene that defines a novel. When you pick up a book in a bookstore, first you see the cover, then you read the title, then you read the other information on the front. Second, you turn it around and read the back blurb. This is assuming a paper back book or a book with a paper cover.
If you like what you read on the cover, you will turn to the first page--not the middle or the end, but the first page and read a paragraph or two. If you like what you read, you might just sit down and read the entire novel--most people buy the book and take it home.
Similarly, if you note a book on a website, you will likely read the web-material. You will open the book using the book tool and read the first few paragraphs or pages. This is how books are purchased and this is how books are published.
Since the first scene and, indeed, the first paragraphs are the most important in the novel, we will take a closer look at them in this new novel.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: