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Monday, May 11, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 396, more How Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

11 May 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 396, more How 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).  Creativity requires true study and true reading. 

The identification of the timeless is the beginning of understanding what people want and enjoy--it's the beginning of the understanding of humanity.  Within the understanding of humanity is the true and the social.  An artist (a novelist) can show the truth about humanity in spite of the societal view of humanity.  I don't mean always downers either.  Charles Dickens revealed the truth of his own culture through the lens of his society to reveal truth.  At the same time, he produced many enjoyable novels with near timeless themes.  Oliver Twist is just one example of many.  The major theme isn't very acceptable in the modern era (the true nobleman will always succeed), but it is entertaining and it still appeals to the college and youth crowd who believe their are noble (in spite of their birth). 

Dickens also uses redemption as a theme or subtheme (a very timeless theme).  A Christmas Carol is one of his most famous "redemptive" novels.  The redemptive theme is likely the most powerful theme in literature.  A redemptive theme doesn't have to be as overt as in A Christmas Carol.  It can be much more subtle.  In fact many of your favorite novels likely have a redemptive theme. 

It is also okay to base your writing in limited themes, the trick is building a creative theme statement and then applying that theme across a novel--this is exactly what we are talking about in the Rising Action.

More tomorrow.

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