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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 334, more Picture Escape Initial Scene

10 March 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 334, more Picture Escape Initial Scene

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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

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.

Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website and select "production schedule," you will be sent to

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 ComputerLilly is my 24th novel.
Cover Propsal
The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene.  I'm writing about the initial scene of my newest novel, "Escape."  Escape is the working title.  I'll decide on the proposed title when I finish the novel.  I'm at the fourteenth chapter right now.  That means I've written about 280 pages.

Once I had this initial picture in my mind, the work was to turn this picture into a reasonable plot and to develop a theme.  The immediate questions are these:  why is the pilot breaking the rules?  Why does the girl want to escape?  What makes the island nation different from other nations on this world?  Is this earth or some other place?  What is this island like? What are the protagonist and protagonist's helper like?  Who is the protagonist, and who is the protagonist's helper?  The answer to each of these questions begin the process of developing a novel.  I answered each of these questions before I began to write--or, at least, I had an idea about them. 

The initial scene takes a picture and turns it into a video.  Once I had my own answers to the questions above, I could write the initial scene.  The pilot was saving time by cutting across the nation of "Freedom."  That's the name of the island, and the name of the country.  I already wrote about the nation of Freedom.  Freedom is an extrapolation of pure communism.  I realized that an even further extrapolation could be made where every individual wore a body camera the government watched all the time--no privacy at all.  As it is in Freedom, I didn't have them at that point, or rather, the leaders didn't feel like they needed that degree of control.  In the nation of Freedom, the Citizens have the exact opposite of freedom.  They are not free and they own literally nothing.  The video of the first scene is what begins to answer the questions and provide some answers.  The first scene begins the process of writing and focuses the novel.

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