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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 737, My Distinct Manner of Writing Q and A

17 April 2016, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 737, My Distinct Manner of Writing 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.

     4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

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, proposed title, Essie: Enchantment and the Aos Si, is this: Mrs. Lyons captures a shape-shifting girl in her pantry and rehabilitates her.

I just started writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.  This might need some tweaking.  The theme statement is something like this: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.  

Here is the cover proposal for Essie: Enchantment and the Aos SiEssie is my 26th 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 editing many of my novels using comments from my primary reader.  I finished editing Children of Light and Darkness and am now writing on my 27th novel, working title Claire.

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)

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 - how tone is created through diction, rhythm, sentence construction, sound effects, images created by similes, syntax/re-arrangement of words in sentence, the inflections of the silent or spoken voice, etc.

14.  Mannerism suggested 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 16. 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).

I’ve been sneaking examples and descriptions of my own manner of writing almost every day in this blog.  I probably have written about it too much.  Unfortunately, all authors build their own style and manner of writing that they imagine to be the best.  They usually don’t change much from this style or manner of writing. 


Learning about writing, like anything, can be characterized by an exponential curve.  It starts on a very great slope, but as time goes by (experience increases), the slope begins to flatten out.  The author starts (or let’s hope, starts) by gaining great knowledge, but with little experience and usually little success.  As the writer writes, the experience and the knowledge increases (we hope).  The experience and knowledge of the writer about the world should increase as well.  This is why writing one million words is such a critical concept to a writer.  These one million words represent life and writing experience.  Without them, the author is nothing more than a babe in arms. 


Imagine the writer starts as a blank slate.  That slate is written on by reading and writing and life experience.  I would say, the early writer is swayed the most or marked the most by reading than anything else.  Few people experience enough pathos or anguish in their own lives to build it sufficient to become an author.  Unfortunately, those who do experience sufficient pathos and anguish usually become numb to it and can’t express their pain in any way.  Pathos and anguish, pain and suffering without the mental ability to evaluate that suffering results more in lack of skills and ability rather than intellectual acumen and expression.


What begins the trek to intellectual expression and especially writing?  The number one is reading. This means early parental education and parents who are willing to read and excite the minds of their children.  It means appropriate suffering at an intellectual time and place the child can understand it.  That means the child is required to accomplish some degree of work and is disciplined in a normal way.  I suggest no television at all.  Television robs the individual of imagination and creativity. I do think movies are appropriate in limited degree.  I recommend anime especially anime which must be read to understand.  There’s much more.  


More tomorrow.

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