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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 748, more Conclusions, My Distinct Manner of Writing Q and A

28 April 2016, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 748, more Conclusions, 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-sequiturs, 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-sequiturs, and fragments while Chekhov's includes 'apparent' inconclusiveness).

The road of the author is one of great effort and love.  The continuing road of the author is great effort and love. This is my simple point about writing.  To become an accomplished writer, you need to write.  I have read some very great writing both in print and not in print.  I know there are people out there who’s writing skills are not recognized, but I also know—if you develop your skills to a certain level, you will most likely be acknowledged and published.  There is also this pesky thing about markets—that can be a real problem.


Acknowledged is required before published.  Part of the problem today is the ease of publication and the lack of professional access.  There are so many people writing novels out there, the market is saturated.  Many, if not most don’t have the skills or the experience to write well.  There is nothing wrong with fighting for your works.  This is a natural skill the writer needs—the skill of presenting her works to publishers.  The problem is the writer doesn’t usually get back much feedback. 


Most writers get echo chamber feedback.  Their readers are so worried about the writer’s feelings, they don’t give good feedback—or they mistake feedback for editing.  I’d rather get feedback than any editing.  If someone doesn’t like my writing, that is as important as those who do.  The real problem is why they don’t like the writing.  If they say, I didn’t like it—you can’t do much with that.  On the other hand, if they say, I didn’t like it because… That is wonderful.  I can do something with that—I can revise and reflect.


Most writers aren’t looking for feedback—they want echo chamber.  I’m looking for truth.  I once had someone read a book that is now in publication, their response—I don’t like that kind of literature.  That’s cool too, but obviously the wrong person to enjoy the writing.  I have traded feedback and editing with other authors with mixed experiences.  I want to provide feedback.  Many want editing.  I want feedback—any editing is just extra topping on the cake.


What’s the point?  Manner of writing and style come out of experience.  Experience is developed by writing and feedback.  The feedback isn’t editing—feedback is when a person gives you a response about your writing that leads to you making changes in the writing.  Not editorial changes like grammar or spelling but rather changes in plot, character, or theme.  Even a person who doesn’t like your type or theme of literature can provide constructive feedback—like, I didn’t like your protagonist because...  I’ve provided that kind of feedback before.  I want to like the protagonist.  I don’t need the protagonist to always be romantic or pathos building, but I’d like one who seems fun or interesting.  Always remember, the point of novel writing is to entertain.  The way to develop a manner of writing and style is through practice, feedback, and understanding. I’ll discuss understanding next…  


More tomorrow.

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