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 www.ancientlight.com. 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 http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
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.
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 26th novel, working title, Shape, is this: Mrs. Lyons captures a shape-shifting girl in her pantry and rehabilitates her.
Here is the cover proposal for Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer. Lilly is my 24th novel.
I'm an advocate of using the/a scene input/output method to drive the rising action--in fact, to write any novel.
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.
One of my blog readers posed these questions. I'll use the next few weeks to answer them.
3. Change, complexity of relationship, and relation to issues/theme
4. Evolving vs static character
5. Language and style
6. Verbal, gesture, action
7. Words employed
8. Sentence length
10. Type of grammar
12. Field of reference or allusion
14. Mannerism suggest by speech
16. Distinct manner of writing or speaking you employ, and why (like Pinter's style includes gaps, silences, non-sequitors, and fragments while Chekhov's includes 'apparent' inconclusiveness).
Moving on to 3. 3. Change, complexity of relationship, and relation to issues/theme
Sixth, what are their flaws and specifically, what is the telic flaw of the protagonist. Yesterday and the day before, I mentioned: Anne of Green Gables, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and The Little Princess (Sara Crew). What are the telic flaws in these three characters, and how does that relate to the climax and the resolution of the novel.
I looked at Sara Crew, admittedly the most difficult to see he telic flaw because the author made her much too perfect a character. Let's look at Rebecca. Rebecca is nearly a perfect character too. Her telic flaw is her father and the ostracism of her family. The means of overcoming this telic flaw is to prove herself to her aunts and to the community. She achieves this by her imagination and intelligence. I might mention, of the three novels, this is the worst for tension and release cycle. This novel is an example of what not to do in developing tension and release and the rising action to the climax. Most of the beginning of the novel is pure telling--that should "tell" you enough about it.
The most complex of these characters is Anne and she isn't that complex of a character; however, her telic flaw is better represented in the novel. This is why I choose these three novels as examples. I figured most of my readers would have read them, and I also thought they represented the move from Victorian to more modern literature during the time. The Little Princess is likely the best constructed of the three, and Rebecca is the worst. Anne comes in at the middle, but is a better example of the integration of the protagonist into the climax and the use of a telic flaw in the development of a character.
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