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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 406, Why Technology Imagination Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

21 May 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 406, Why Technology Imagination 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. 

You might ask: where's the creativity?  If finding the new and the unique is based in knowledge and study, then where's creativity?  Let's add to knowledge and study--contemplation.  Whatever your field of inquiry or whatever your area of interest, you can only discover new things through thinking about what you know and contemplating what they might become.  Creativity is about thinking.

The, what you are thinking about, is what you studied and what you read (what you know).  The point is the thinking.  I've met many people whom I think never thought about anything important in their lives.  On the other hand, with a little encouragement, I've never met anyone who hasn't thought about anything important.  In other words, everyone thinks about important stuff--few will speak about it without encouragement.  The author is like Plato or better, like Socrates, birthing ideas from the minds of men.  The only difference is the author is the midwife to his own ideas.

There is more to it than that however.  Study, reading, and thinking, prepare and build the mind to be able to create ideas.  Those ideas come from thinking about tangible, important, and good stuff.  It does not come unbidden to the minds of men--ever.            

More tomorrow.

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