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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 448, Choices Scene Development Creativity and Entertainment in Scenes Developing the Rising Action

2 July 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 448, Choices Scene Development 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 my newest novel, Shape, Mrs. Lyons chooses to keep the girl with her and rehabilitate her.  This is as much a problem of Mrs. Lyons as the girl.  Mrs. Lyons desires a child.  She never bore any children of her own, but she has been placed in charge of other's children--most specifically, her friend, Leora Bolang.  Leora is one of the major characters in my Ancient Light novels.  Mrs. Lyons took care of Leora's children during much of WWII.  She also looked after her youngest daughter in the UK after the war. 

Mrs. Lyons is similar to the proverbial mother hen character.  She really isn't.  She isn't as tough as Leora--the kind of mother from hell, but she is a disciplinarian, and has become less and less neglectful over time.  She's likely reached the point where she can act like a great mother. 

The point of the novel is the growth of the girl Essie as a person (she isn't a person at all), and the growth of Mrs. Lyons as a person (she is).  This is a mix of a discovery and a coming of age novel for a young person (being) and an elder woman.           

More tomorrow.

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