25 June 2017, Writing - part x170, Fundamentals
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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 http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
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 http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.
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 28th novel, working title, School, potential title Deirdre: Enchantment and the School. The theme statement is: 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.
Here is the cover proposal for Deirdre: Enchantment and the School.
The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I continued writing my 29th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 28th novel, working title School. If you noticed, I started on number 28, but finished number 29 (in the starting sequence—it’s actually higher than that). I adjusted the numbering. I do keep everything clear in my records. 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 29: 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.
I’d like to go back to the fundamentals of writing a novel. These seem so basic to me, but I know they aren’t to everyone—I’d say that the fundamentals of writing novels is little known to most people who write novels. In general, when people write a novel, they just write a novel. In many, if not most cases, they never complete the novel they began. Part of the reason is lack of knowledge, some might be frustration or writer’s block, and some might be that you get to a point and just don’t know where to go from there.
I think I can help you. I think I can show you how a novel is supposed to be constructed. What are the most important parts. And, finally, how to make those part work together to form a cohesive whole that is a novel.
As I noted, most people when they write a novel (or start to write a novel), get an idea and begin chopping away at that idea for the purpose of writing a novel. They reach a point and can’t go any further. They don’t know where to go. Their idea languishes and with no way forward the novel languishes. Ultimately, you can’t move forward to the next step—writing another novel. I’ve said it over and over. You need to write about ten novels to get one published. If you can’t complete the first, there is no chance to get to more. Your writing aspirations are gone forever, that is, if you can’t finish that first novel.
I think I can show you how to get beyond the block and how to rush to the end of any novel. Even so, your idea might be terrible. I can’t help you with that—or I can, bitt at the moment, let’s look at the novel form and potential ways to succeed in writing that novel.
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