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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 765, Creative Elements, Visualizing the Initial Scene

15 May 2016, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 765, Creative Elements, Visualizing the Initial Scene

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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: 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 my 27th novel, working title Claire.  I’m working on marketing materials.

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)


How to begin a novel.  Number one thought, we need an entertaining idea.  I usually encapsulate such an idea with a theme statement.  Here’s the theme statement from Sorcha.


Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.


What are the creative elements?  If you went to and read the first chapter you already can see some of the creative elements I used in the visualization and development of the initial scene.  My outline is the creative elements.  Many times, I think of creative elements as I’m writing the scene.  The first creative elements are obvious.  They include the house, the room, the medical table, Shiggy’s history, Shiggy’s records, Shiggy’s thinking, Sorcha’s ability to imagine Shiggy’s every thought, the need to go (to the bathroom), the ash stick, Shiggy’s nudity, the sheet, making weapons, the Organization, Stela, supernatural, and Shiggy’s lack of belief.  


As an author, you take these creative elements and weave them into a scene.  The initial scene is the most important scene.  I usually spend a month or more developing (visualizing) the initial scene. 


When I visualize a scene, I am very careful not to put in too many action details.  If I do, I forget them.  I visualize the scene as pictures without too many details in the action or conversation.  This is my technique.  If you have a fantastic memory and can remember every detail, don’t worry about using my technique.  On the other hand, if you are like me, visualize the scene as stills and when you have your ideas and creative elements, begin to write.


The beginning to write is handled like every other scene in the novel.     


More tomorrow.

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