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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 548, more Words Employed Q and A

10 October 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 548, more Words Employed Q and A

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 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 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'm on my first editing run-through of Shape.

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. 

One of my blog readers posed these questions.  I'll use the next few weeks to answer them.

1.  Conflict/tension between characters

2.  Character presentation (appearance, speech, behavior, gestures, actions)

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

9.  Complexity

10.  Type of grammar

11.  Diction

12.  Field of reference or allusion

13.  Tone

14.  Mannerism suggest by speech

15.  Style

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 7. 7.  Words employed

The first concern in word use is standard English.  All I can properly express is use standard English.  The only time you might consider the use of a colloquialism or a slang term is when the colloquialism or slang is obvious in the context.  For example, in Shape, I have used some British slang to refer to Essie and in reference to the girls in Essie’s boarding school.  I specifically have Essie’s flamboyant house buddy refer to Essie’s wardrobe choices as dorkish and to her as a bink.  I also have Essie refer to herself in unflattering slang terms when Mrs. Lyons asks what she was called in the past.  All these terms are obvious pejoratives and their meaning is obvious in the context.  In no way are they used indiscriminately as a larger slang or colloquial speech. 

Now then, the question is what is standard English.  Standard English are the words found and defined as English in the Oxford English dictionary.  The American spellings are those found in any common American dictionary.  This is the fundamental answer for word use.  We will begin to reduce the number of words available immediately.

First reduction, don’t use words outside the extended vocabulary of your audience.  For adult novels, that still leaves more words than you can imagine, and we will pare that list.  If you are writing Young Adult (YA), youth, or children’s literature, you will need to take into careful consideration your word choices.  Generally, the complexity and the vocabulary of these novels is intentionally limited.  The author must be cautious about word usage and choice in these novels.  Here is a secret, every author should be cautious about word choice for adult novels as well.

More tomorrow.

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