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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 911, Publishing, Learning to Write, more The Theme

9 October 2016, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 911, Publishing, Learning to Write, more The Theme  

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 finished 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 started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja. 

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.  Since I’m writing a new novel, we need a new theme statement.  Here is an initial cut.


Red Sonja, a Soviet spy, infiltrates the X-plane programs at Edwards AFB as a test pilot’s administrative clerk, learns about freedom, and is redeemed.


These are the steps I use to write a novel:


1.      Design the initial scene

2.      Develop a theme statement (initial setting, protagonist, protagonist’s helper or antagonist, action statement)

a.       Research as required

b.      Develop the initial setting

c.       Develop the characters

d.      Identify the telic flaw (internal and external)

3.      Write the initial scene (identify the output: implied setting, implied characters, implied action movement)

4.      Write the next scene(s) to the climax (rising action)

5.      Write the climax scene

6.      Write the falling action scene(s)

7.      Write the dénouement scene


Would you like to write a novel that a publisher will consider?  Would you like to write a novel that is published?  How about one that sells?  You need to find a new and inviting idea and produce an entertaining novel.  I like to use the term unique.  Another way to look at this is fresh or new.  The standard love story won’t cut it.  You need a perspective that is based in the timeless, but that expands into the less used or unused.  Finding this niche is like developing a paper for a science Ph.D.  You need to know your genre and the world of popular literature well.  That is why I can write, don’t do vampire or zombie novels.  Any touch of the undead might mean death for your writing ambitions.  On the other hand, I’m not an idea chaser and I don’t advocate chasing the newest idea in the field.  For example, after every disaster, some brave writer is casing the field to produce a novel based on the incident.  That’s an idea chaser.  If you can’t determine your own unique niche, you can borrow one from the popular sphere.  Like I wrote, I don’t recommend this as a strategy.


Then how does an author find his unique niche with unique and entertaining ideas?  This the question of all art.  You could ask: how does the artist produce a program of related works?  Authors are the same as artists.  For example, I write science fiction and historical fiction.  My historical fiction has a twist.  The twist is related to the supernatural.  I fit supernatural elements into basic history.  In doing so, I don’t distort the history, but rather, I accentuate it.  It is a means and method I use in my historical fiction to make it more realistic.  I put history into the words of individuals who have truly seen history.  At the same time, I provide a redemptive theme in history.  A redemptive theme is a theme where the protagonist has a great change from bad to good or immoral to moral.  These are the elements and focus of the unique vision of my historical fiction.  My science fiction is unique in a different way.    


More tomorrow.

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