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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 420, Logic Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

4 June 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 420, Logic 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 consuming, thinking, and producing. 

In a way, I've already moved to the idea of intellectual extrapolation in creativity.  That is, I've been advocating thinking as a part of the process of creativity in character development.  The thinking (specifically logic) is the most important part of creativity.  Let's get into logic.  When I write logic, I don't mean rhetorical logic, I mean philosophical logic (sometimes called intellectual logic).  Intellectual logic is the use of rational thinking to arrive at a conclusion.  Formal intellectual logic has four steps:
1.  Definitions
2. Assumptions
3. Argument
4. Conclusion(s)
For the use of logic in creativity, you don't need to be so formal, however, you need to be able to identify rational and irrational thought and conclusions.  Let's think about it.  Many times in real life, people make irrational decisions and show irrational thinking.  This is great a okay in a novel, but the writer must, I repeat must know when an idea is irrational or rational and specifically when a conclusion is rational or logical.  All human thought is based in some form of logic, but a writer should be able to show the rational in his writing.  More than that, creativity demands logic.  In other words, if you wish to be creative, you must begin from a logical (rational) intellectual framework.

More tomorrow.

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