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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 392, Hard Thinking Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

7 May 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 392, Hard Thinking 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.

Creativity requires discipline.  I know the culture doesn't portray this--in our culture, the drug ridden and lazy are pictured as the creative.  This has never been true.  It has always been true that those who are creative enjoy their creativity; therefore, when you see them reveling in the products of their success, they usually seem happy.  The creative love what they do.  They love the process of study and the work of creating.  They are also well connected so they understand what is new and truly creative.

I wrote before, you must know your subject to a degree where you understand what is new and unique.  Many creative people are singularly focused on their field or their art--and it is art we are talking about.  Writing novels is a true art like painting and writing plays.

If you decide to experience this discipline, then it should be something you love and that you are willing to dedicate every moment toward.  Creativity demands you spend enormous amounts of time reading and studying.  The writing itself requires you spend a great deal of time in study.  I wrote before that I spent years researching my novels.  I research a historical novel to the point of the names at dinner parties in the past.  For example, I needed the name of the Greek ambassador to England in 1941.  I wrote the Greek embassy to get the information.  This is the degree of dedication to an art form.  In every case, creativity is a journey and not a place. 

More tomorrow.

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