21 April 2016, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 741, more Conversation, 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 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.
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 Si. Essie is my 26th novel.
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.
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.
Mannerism suggested by
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).
My novel themes are generally character focused with some supernatural injection. Many novels have some variation on this type of theme, so then what makes my novels different—the manner of writing (style).
In writing, I rely on conversation to drive my novels. Conversation provides the tension and release. I use creative elements mainly invoked through conversation. The conversation many times move the climax. Conversation can’t cause the climax because a climax is based in some action. It is theoretically possible to write a novel entirely through conversation. This would require denoting the action through the conversation. I do not write this way at all. Conversation makes up perhaps 70 to 80 percent of my novels. The rest is setting and action. If you read my novels, I suspect you would just say they are entertaining and fun. If you evaluated them, you would find most of the excitement and revelations in the conversations. That isn’t to say you would not find action. Many of my novels end with a bang—that is to say an action based and exciting climax.
For example, in the latest novel I wrote, Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse, a secret mission to uncover information on uranium ore is just one of the extended action events. In between and within the action, is conversation that reveals the events around and within the action. Let’s put it this way, a beautiful woman (or man) at an elegant dinner (action) is a piece of art—their erudite conversation makes them a masterpiece. Think Churchill—although a man of little personal beauty, his conversation was said to be entertaining and exciting. Likewise, in my writing, I want to place beautiful action together with erudite conversation to produce genius (or something that looks like genius). There is still the question of difference with other works.
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