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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 390, Study True Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

5 May 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 390, Study True Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

Announcement: Delay, my new novels can be seen on the internet, but the publisher has delayed all their fiction output due to the economy.  I'll keep you informed.  More information can be found at  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

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 Proposal
The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action.  I've just started on the next major run-through of my novel, Escape.

I'm an advocate of using the/a scene input/output method to drive the rising action--in fact, to write any novel. 

Scene development:
1.  Scene input (easy)
2.  Scene output (a little harder)
3.  Scene setting (basic stuff)
4.  Creativity (creative elements of the scene)
5.  Tension (development of creative elements to build excitement)
6.  Release (climax of creative elements)

I can immediately discern three ways to invoke creativity:

1.  History extrapolation
2.  Technological extrapolation
3.  Intellectual extrapolation

Creativity is like an extrapolation of what has been.  It is a reflection of something new created with ties to the history, science, and logic (the intellect).  I mentioned yesterday that creativity requires true study and true reading.  I'll explain.

I suspect that some people develop a creative spark that others never have, but as I wrote already, I think that creative spark comes from training and from study.  Both mean work.  Perhaps millions have the capacity for creativity, but will never ever be creative.  I would guess there are very few who study sufficiently but can't build a knack for creativity.  The reason is that in my experience creativity goes hand in hand with reading and study.  If you aren't interested in reading and study, you can't have that creative upbringing that you can develop into creativity. 

That's the point, the basis for creativity is study.  A desire to study indicates the creative mind trying to build enough information to create.  In most cases, people do not develop a creative mind because they don't exercise it enough--when I write exercise, I mean study.  Exercise of the mind is not meditation and clearing it--exercise of the mind is filling it with great thoughts and thinking about them. 

The ancient Greeks thought that thinking was the natural function of the human mind and that people could not turn off thinking.  They pronounced the mind that stopped thinking--dead.  I reject all the Eastern claptrap about meditation and instead embrace the view of the ancient Greeks.  I never gained anything in my life thought not thinking, but rather through thinking.  To imagine not thinking is to imagine death and the end of the real world--why would you want that.  Animals, dirt, and rocks don't think--humans are human because they think.  Thinking is the beginning of creativity.    

More tomorrow.

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