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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part x123, Creative Elements in Scenes, Plot Devices, One Way Love

9 May 2017, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part x123, Creative Elements in Scenes, Plot Devices, One Way Love

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.

These are the steps I use to write a novel including the five discrete parts of 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

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 Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse

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 finished my 29th novel, working title School.  I’ll be providing information on the marketing materials and editing.

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.


Plot devices are specifically a concept that furthers a plot.  A plot device can be a theme idea or a plot idea.  It can be standalone, but in general a novel might have many plot devices to further the plot.  This is why I originally tied the plot device to creative elements.  I will note, creative elements are not the same as plot devices, however plot devices drive creative elements and creative elements can also drive a plot device.  For example, two sided love or romantic love is a plot device.  I require two people with the propensity to love one another.  The concept of romantic love drives other potential creative elements.  If you add another love interest, you can have a three way love or a love triangle. 


To make this clearer, a creative element comes from a setting element.  A setting element is anything described in a setting.  It can be a person, place, or a thing.  A setting element becomes a creative element when any character does something with it.  This should also be considered a Chekov’s gun.  Or rather any creative element should be a Chekov’s gun.  This means that every creative element is critical to the plot. 


The difference between a creative element and a plot device is a creative element is a thing (noun) while a plot device is always an action with or without a direct object.  The point is that a creative element gives you a noun to manipulate, a plot device gives you a way to manipulate it.    


More tomorrow.

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