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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 549, Erudite Words Employed Q and A

11 October 2015, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 549, Erudite 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

Use standard English, but ensure your vocabulary is not so far above your audience that your novel is not entertaining.  If you use the words you know and commonly use, you shouldn’t have a problem.  Where there is a potential problem is with specialty words and words you might discover to fit a very specific thing or verb.  In general, don’t try to write in a way that will confuse or frustrate your readers.  Frustration or confusion means the reader will give up on your book and read no more. 

To prevent frustration or confusion, especially with specialty words, define the words in the text and remind your readers of their meanings.  If you want a good example of this, see my published novel, Centurion.  In Centurion, I use many Roman specialty words and many Aramaic words.  I am very cautious to define the word in context and then remind the reader of the meaning.  For example, a gladius is a type of short sword.  When I first mention gladius, I show the reader that a gladius is a Roman short sword.  When gladius comes up again, I remind the reader that a gladius is a Roman short sword and describe how it is used.  And so on, the point is to define it first and continue to remind and define the terms for your readers. 

You can do this for any specialty or odd word.  In fact, if you bring up a word that might be new to your readers—define it for them.  On the other hand, if you use a word that is in common usage even though it isn’t used that frequently, there is no need to define.  If you use foreign words, there are some good ways to handle that too.

More tomorrow.

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