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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Writing - part x664, Developing Skills, Day 9 Scotland

1 November 2018, Writing - part x664, Developing Skills, Day 9 Scotland

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  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 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
Cover Proposal
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:  Wonderful night at Trump Turnberry.  This resort is a wonderful place.  It is literally a five star place, just like the hotels my company sends us to when we are travelling overseas.  The beds are huge, the service is exemplary, and the showers are huge and never run out of hot water—it’s heaven.

Turnberry is like going to a turn of the twentieth century experience with all the perks of the twenty-first century.  We were impressed. 

We slept late.  Breakfast was attentive and large.  It was typically Scottish.  We walked out to the lighthouse.  We went on the last day the lighthouse itself was open.  Trump rebuilt the lighthouse building to be a halfway house for the course and as a two suite guest house.  The view from the lighthouse is spectacular.  The views of the lighthouse from below are all picture worthy.

In the afternoon, we went to the Kennedy’s palace, Curlein.  The fortifications had never seen a battle, and the rooms were classic.  It was a turn of the twentieth century interior.  We saw the largest collection of pistols, small swords, and small cannon.  That was impressive in itself.  Other than the furnishings, pistols, and portraits, there wasn’t much that was too exciting.  The Kennedys were still making their money illegally—at least when the palace was operational.

We ate dinner at Trump Turnberry.  This was an excellent meal and experience.  I had lobster bisque and the pork cutlet.  The pork was perfect, tender and tasty.  My desert was pure chocolate with gold on top.  Probably one of the best stops in Scotland.             

More tomorrow.

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