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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 shuttle pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.
Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer. Lilly is my 24th novel.
Let's review my guidelines for conversation.
1. Cultural norms (greeting, introduction, small talk, big talk)
2. Logical response (characters must respond to each other in the conversation)
3. ID the speaker
4. Show us the picture of the conversation
5. Use contractions (most of the time)
6. What are you trying to say?
7. What is unsaid in the conversation?
8. Build the tone of the conversation.
9. Show don't tell.
10. Keep proper names to a minimum.
I'm an advocate of using the/a scene input/output method to drive the rising action--in fact, to write any novel. I'll describe this technique (and style) again if you are new to my blog or you missed it before.
The input for the next scene (from the initial scene) is Reb leading Scott away to a place of safety.
You might think that the scene method of writing doesn't give the author any options. If you have this impression, you are entirely wrong; however, the scene input/output method des constrain the writing to make it logical, manageable, and understandable. Let's put it this way, many writers have confided to me, they have a great novel idea, but when they start, they don't know where to go with it--or, they arrived at a certain point in the writing and were stuck. Using my method, I've never been stuck. Before I realized how to write in scenes with input and output, I'd routinely get to a point where I didn't know how to continue. I'd finally work it out, but until I figured out using scenes and input/output, I didn't have a reliable means to move the novel or the characters.
With the input of the scene constrained to Reb leading Scott to a place of safety, I have all kinds of options as a writer. Remember, in scene writing, first I set the scene, then place the characters in the scene, finally let them move. Perhaps tomorrow, I'll give you part of the next scene to show you how it shapes itself. The overall goal is to reach the climax of the novel. The climax of Escape is the escape (or not). Every scene should drive toward this eventuality.
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