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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 440, Technological Extrapolation Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

24 June 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 440, Technological Extrapolation Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

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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. 

Although in a historically based novel, you might expect only historical extrapolation in developing creativity, you can find elements of technological extrapolation in modern era novels.  Further, science fiction or future based novels must always (normally) exhibit technological extrapolation. 

I'll put forward my newest complete novel (unpublished), Escape from Freedom, as an example of a novel that has some technological extrapolation but with a historically extrapolated basis.  I'll also add the newest novel I'm working on, Shape, is a modern era novel with some slight technological extrapolation.  This isn't as unusual as it might sound.  Many modern era novels (novels depicting the modern era) are not considered science fiction in their own right, but do have science fiction elements in them.  In many modern novels, the line between science fiction and just fiction has and is blurred.  In fact, for better or worse, the climaxes of some modern novels turn on technology and yet the novels are not considered science fiction.  I'd argue that the boundaries between science fiction, fantasy, and the literary novel have become blurred and will continue to blur.

Thus, in Shape, I have a modern setting with some weapons I proposed in Valeska.  These weapons were possible in the modern era, but they are technological extrapolations.  That may or may not be the extent of the technological extrapolation I make in the novel.  In Escape, there is technology that is obviously extrapolated, but the nation of Freedom in the novel is backward.  Their technology is greater than ours in some regards, but much less in others.

More tomorrow.

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