3 August 2019, Writing - part x939, Writing a Novel, Writing Communications
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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 websites 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
16. Weapons and warfare
Communications have moved in a more unpredictable and interesting manner over time—especially in the modern era.
Communications can occur through any of the senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. The most obvious seems to be hearing because that is how most of our communication through speech is presented. However, sight is the most used and powerful of human senses.
You gotta have a reason to communicate to communicate. Writing had to start with a reason, and the reason was religious. We think that proto-writing started with priests and kings.
Religions start with animism and moves with literacy to pantheonic paganism. We aren’t sure if the pantheonic paganism comes first or the literacy comes first. Animism is the belief that the forces of nature are caused by spirits. This makes complete sense if you have no concept of forces in nature—the spirits become the forces of nature. Thus, in the view of the animist, everything that moves or has life is animated by spirits. Humans likewise.
From a religious standpoint, the spirits must be appeased when the property of the spirits is appropriated. Thus, when an animal is killed, the spirit within it must be appeased by the proper killing and sacrifice. This is the beginning of religion and the beginning of sacrifice. Every animal when it is killed must have the spirit appeased. Fish, were not considered creatures with spirit and life—they had no breath. They breathed water. Therefore, fish did not require sacrifice. This idea about fish is still with us in the idea that fish are not meat and can be eaten on meatless church days.
In any case, when an animal was killed it was sacrificed and the spirit appeased. When a tree was cut or fruit taken from a tree or scrub, the spirit of the tree (dryad) had to be appeased. The elements of fire, running water, moving earth, lightening, and all were all spiritual events that required some type of appeasement. In Greek, pur is the fire of the gods, specifically Zeus. If a person had a fever, they had pur and were considered to be cursed by Zeus. To appease Zeus required sacrifice and gifts.
The point of this is to note the importance of religion even in early religions. As the religions became more and more established, the priests and kings (leaders) negotiated and trafficked in more and more sacrifices, animals, food, gifts, and supplies. The priests might ask for ten sheep to sacrifice to Osiris to counter a possible spiritual (or real) problem. The king agreed and sent the sheep. On the way, the sheep were stolen, or possibly one was lost, and the priests complained—why didn’t you send ten sheep. The king responded, of course I sent ten sheep—what did you do with them. This is obviously a real problem with real ramifications to people who trust in their ideas of animism. This was the reason for the need to communicate. In this type of communication, you can’t trust the people, so you need to determine a means to track and record the movement of these critical sacrifices and gifts.
The answer is proto-writing. The king sends the sheep with a receipt that lists a picture of ten sheep. The priests check off the ten sheep and return the proto-writing receipt. Problem solved, for the moment. The expansion of this led directly to writing.
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