19 November 2018, Writing - part x682, And We are in Japan
Announcement: Delay, my new novels can be seen on the internet, but my primary publisher has gone out of business—they couldn’t succeed in the past business and publishing environment. I'll keep you informed, but I need a new publisher. More information can be found at www.ancientlight.com. 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 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 29th novel, working title, Detective, potential title Blue Rose: Enchantment and the Detective. The theme statement is: Lady Azure Rose Wishart, the Chancellor of the Fae, supernatural detective, and all around dangerous girl, finds love, solves cases, breaks heads, and plays golf.
Here is the cover proposal for Blue Rose: Enchantment and the Detective.
The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I am continuing to write on my 30th novel, working title Red Sonja. I finished my 29th novel, working title Detective. I’m planning to start on number 31, working title Shifter.
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 30: 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 31: TBD
Here is the scene development outline:
1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
5. Write the release
6. Write the kicker
Today: I’m off to Japan and actually Tokyo again. This time I’m going to see my son and daughter-in-law again, but with the addition of a brand new granddaughter Rinley.
We are here. I’ll note the food was better and selected better. The last meal was either eggs or oriental chicken and rice. The problem was our crew especially the SfH (stewardess from He double toothpicks)—she screwed up the meals again and left us with potentially no omelets. They had to get it from the economy cabin. The oriental meal was okay and easier to eat than the Delta last meal. I should mention the SfH also messed up the meals of the low-fat folks ahead of us. The SfH thought the solution was to give the guy a piece of bread. Low class and poor server, but he flight was okay. We arrived not too worn out. Then we had to negotiate immigration, customs, and find our bus.
Immigration was great. They saw our military IDs and Yokota AFB destination and pushed us right through. I kept telling them we weren’t on official orders, but they didn’t care. They were just so nice to us. Nice and helpful. Customs was the same. They just passed us through when they saw our destination and IDs. Then we had to find our bus to Yokota AFB.
We had a map and directions, but the officials weren’t exactly the best informed. The problem is committing to walking for a while to get to the map location. After a single moment of indecision, I just took the lead and headed out. We headed down the map and found busses. Those guys know exactly where to go—a few steps further and we found the bus. $40 US dollars each later and we were on the bus for a three hour ride to Yokota. I was looking for Eagle Jump the whole time, but that’s an Anime reference (it doesn’t exist for real).
The bus ride was fun, and I tried to keep watch and stay awake for the entire time. We arrived at the base gate and met our daughter-in-law and new grandbaby. Then we waited for at least 2200 to go to sleep although I was nodding off. My son was night flying but he didn’t get back until I was asleep.
When I return, I’ll give you more about submissions.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
fiction, theme, plot, story, storyline, character development, scene, setting, conversation, novel, book, writing, information, study, marketing, tension, release, creative, idea, logic