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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 990, more Secrets in Tension, Developing the Rising Action, Themes and Pathos

27 December 2016, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 990, more Secrets in Tension, Developing the Rising Action, Themes and Pathos  

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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 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 also working on my 29th novel, working title School.

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.


For novel 28:  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.


For novel 29:  Sorcha, the abandoned child of an Unseelie and a human, secretly attends Wycombe Abbey girls’ school where she meets the problem child Deirdre 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? 


To me, the idea of secrets and revelation of secrets flows in my writing.  In many of my novels, I like to build a single or a set of secrets that are them revealed either at the climax or at some critical point in the novel.  Here’s a big secret—the novel doesn’t have to be about the revelation of a secret.  There can be secrets that just track through a novel.  For example, in my Ghost Ship Chronicles, the great secret about Den is that his soul has changed.  He has the soul of a long dead being trapped in his body, and his original soul is gone.  Likewise, Natana in the novels has a great secret.  She accidentally gained an ancient symbiotic computer chip that is attached to her brain.  She can interact with this chip.  These are secrets, but they are not the focus of the novels.  The climaxes of the novels revolve around ideas related to the secrets, but the secrets themselves are not the main point of the novels. 


Likewise, my enchantment novels are filled with secrets, but the secrets themselves are not the focus of the plot or the telic flaw.  On the other hand, some novels are all about the secret.  Most of these are mysteries.  In my novel, Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon, Aksinya is a sorceress who called a demon.  The fact she is a sorceress and that she called a deamon are great secrets.  They are also related directly to the telic flaw and the plot of the novel.  Aksinya wants to get rid of her demon.  She must stop being a sorceress to do so.  Ultimately, she is tried for being a sorceress in an ecclesiastical trial, and she is tried in a civil trial for the actions of the demon.  These secrets cause the climax of the novel.  Their revelation undoes Aksinya—the one because they believe she called a demon.  The other because they don’t believe she called a demon.  This is a wonderful and powerful paradox.  This also relates to the power of secrets and the expected and unexpected climax in a novel.  Aksinya is the perfect example of this.


More tomorrow.

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