26 May 2019, Writing - part x870, Writing a Novel, Changing World and Logical Truth
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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 s 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: Deirdre and Sorcha are redirected to French finishing school where they discover difficult mysteries, people, and events.
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: Why don’t we go back to the basics and just writing a novel? I can tell you what I do, and show you how I go about putting a novel together. We can start with developing an idea then move into the details of the writing.
To start a novel, I picture an initial scene. I may start from a protagonist or just launch into mental development of an initial scene. I get the idea for an initial scene from all kinds of sources. To help get the creative juices flowing, let’s look at the initial scene.
1. Meeting between the protagonist and the antagonist or the protagonist’s helper
2. Action point in the plot
3. Buildup to an exciting scene
4. Indirect introduction of the protagonist
The protagonist is the novel and the initial scene. If you look at the four basic types of initial scenes, you see the reflection of the protagonist in each one. If you noticed my examples yesterday, I expressed the scene idea, but none were completely independent of the protagonist. Indeed, in most cases, I get an idea with a protagonist. The protagonist is incomplete, but a sketch to begin with. You can start with a protagonist, but in my opinion, as we see above, the protagonist is never completely independent from the initial scene. As the ideas above imply, we can start with the characters, specifically the protagonist, antagonist or protagonist’s helper, and develop an initial scene.
Let’s look at a subject that is really ignored in the modern era. I’m not certain how much this can help your current writing. I would argue that theoretically, this subject can really help those who write historical and futuristic fiction. It depends on how your write your historical and futuristic fiction. There are two ways to write historical fiction—let’s look at this.
The first and most common way to write historical fiction is to write a novel that projects modern ideas and history as historical ideas and history. In other words to present modern ideas and historical ideas as the same. I think this is perhaps the most egregious and perverse means of presenting a false view of history. The author is either completely ignorant of the past, is intentionally attempting to education people in a false view of history, or both. The real historical world is very different both culturally and socially from our current world. The true author attempts to convey this in historical writing.
The second and less common means of historical writing is to actually incorporate the past into a novel to convey the actual way people thought and acted in the past. This approach actually goes back into time to give a complete view of the way the people thought and acted. To this end, let’s look at how the world changed and how people thought in the past. This is more of a historical look at the world for the purpose of understanding how the world worked in the past and how people thought and acted. We’ll use historical information to see what concerned affected their lives. Here is a list of potential issues. We’ll look at them in detail:
3. Social construction
8. Common knowledge
9. Common sense
10. Reflected culture
11. Reflected history
12. Reflected society
What is truth? Actually, this isn’t a very difficult question to answer. My personal opinion is that a person who doesn’t know how to discover the truth is uneducated and inexperienced. The Greeks developed the three means to know truth stating back about 500 BC.
The historical-legal method is what we use today to prove history (non-repeatable events). Yesterday, I explained what the historical-legal method is, and how the Greeks invented it. Next, the Greeks invented logic.
When I write that they invented logic, I don’t mean they were the first and only to use logic, I mean then invented the rules to be used in developing a logical argument. They needed logic to develop geometric proofs. You are likely familiar with geometric proofs. Every educated person in the modern world should have studied geometry and trigonometry. The purpose of geometry is the development of geometric proofs. In our studies today, these also include algebraic and arithmetic proofs. The Greeks, unfortunately didn’t have algebra and adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing in base five is painful. Not to mention powers and logs.
In any case, the Greeks wanted logic mainly for geometry. The reason was that geometry is all about ideals and not the real. The real can’t be used in mathematics because math is repeatable, but it results in absolute answers. Nothing in the world results in absolute answers—that is unless you want to talk about history. For example, I can define things in the past because they can’t change. I can use the historical-legal method to define absolutes in history, but these are still not the same as absolutes in mathematics.
In math, 1+1 usually equals 2. That is part of the problem. You have to define the 1+1. If I have one apple and one orange 1+1 equals 2 fruits but not 2 oranges or apples. You have to be working in the same set of variables or define them. This is what logic is all about.
In a logical argument, I have to:
1. Define the terms.
2. Define the assumptions
3. Present my argument
4. Apply the conclusion
Here’s an example.
Definitions: A, B, and C are real numbers
Assumption: Equals (=) means they are the same number or value
Argument: If A=B and B=C then A=C
This works great in mathematics and geometry. Mathematics and geometry are concepts that exist outside the real space of the world. They are very worthwhile, but they are not real elements in the world—they are creations of logic that exist only in theory. For example, no two things can ever be the same—I must define them to fill a set of similar objects. I can show you how mathematics works, and make some demonstrations, but I challenge you to show me pi in the real world.
Pi is an impossible thing to show in the real world. Pi is an irrational number. It can’t be shown with a fraction, but it is a real concept and a real number, but it can’t be depicted using numbers only through a symbol. The symbol pi represents the circumference of any circle divided by its diameter. You can see that although this exists in the real world, it is a concept that is truly real in the geometric plane. The Greeks wondered, no the Greeks knew there were other things in the world which were real, but not discernable. History and the historical-legal method could not prove them.
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