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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 992, Ideas in Tension, Developing the Rising Action, Themes and Pathos

29 December 2016, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 992, Ideas 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? 


Time to introduce a new character into my novel, School.  I had a brilliant idea for a new character to add to the novel I’m currently writing.  The theme statement for the novel is writen above under novel 29.  I’m currently writing the rising action.  I’m introducing the plot line (storyline) at the moment in the novel.  What that means is I’m providing the setup for the climax.  In this case the setup is training by Luna of Sorcha and Deirdre.  Sorcha is our little hiding soul, and Deirdre is our misunderstood/too well understood problem child.  I had a great idea for a character that touches concepts outside these three—including Luna. 


Where Sorcha is a striver who will never give up, and Deirdre is a fighter who never saw a problem she couldn’t bash her way through, I want to add in a pathos character who uses her intellect and apparent social position to move ahead.  Where Sorcha is simply hiding in plain view, this girl is putting on airs to hide in plain view.  The pathos of this entire situation is that she is an absolute fraud.  Her secret is that she has nothing at all yet she uses her skills to gain position with others.  I’m still trying to decide how to integrate her in the novel and with Sorcha and Deirdre.  My initial thought about this character was the idea of three girls going on a bike ride.  Sorcha and Deirdre have time trial bikes—that’s tri road bikes.  Sorcha says, let’s go for distance.  Deirdre says, let’s go for speed.  This new character has an old Raleigh with a basket, high handlebars, and a bell.  She says, let’s go for fun.  Then she beats the other two.  The point is that this girl is as competitive and strong as Deirdre and Sorcha, but she hides her strength under a persona of sweetness and dignity.


More tomorrow.

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