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Monday, September 9, 2019

Writing - part x976 Writing a Novel, The Intellectual War

9 September 2019, Writing - part x976 Writing a Novel, The Intellectual War

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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

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
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:  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:

1.   Vocabulary
2.   Ideas
3.   Social construction
4.   Culture
5.   Politics
6.   History
7.   Language
8.   Common knowledge
9.   Common sense
10. Reflected culture
11. Reflected history
12. Reflected society
13. Truth
14. Food
15. Money
16. Weapons and warfare
17. Transportation
18. Communication
19. Writing
20. Education

Gnosticism is the religion of the modern world.  In Gnosticism, science is the believer’s truth and nothing is real if it isn’t empirical.  Actually, I should backup a little.  In the beginning was animism then pantheonic paganism then mysterium.  Mysterium leads to science because of the observation of “secrets” that are predictable.  This leads to the idea of nature as a force or rather forces in nature. 

At first, the thinkers accepted the scientific method, logic, and the historical-legal method as equal means to know truth, but something happened on the way to understanding.  

Science took a long time to really make its way into acceptability as a means to know truth.  Reason (philosophy) and the historical-legal (history) were the main means to know truth.  Only slowly did intellectuals begin to accept the scientific method as a means to know truth.  The truth determined by the scientific method is called empiricism.  Empiricism means the ability to measure and know the real world.  However, in the beginning, scientists and intellectuals were wary of empiricism.  The reason is that not everything in the world can be measured.  There are thoughts, emotions, ideas, spirits, gods and God, mathematics, geometry, trigonometry, and many other things in nature and the world that can’t be measured and can’t be known empirically.  Now, if you don’t agree with this, you are an empiricist.  You might believe this is all there is, but it isn’t and that was what caused the Age of Reason.

Just prior to the Enlightenment was a period of raging intellectual investigation.  During this period, science and specifically empiricism, was rising in authority.  At the same time, philosophy was growing in power.  This was the Age of Reason, during this time, the question of the age was a battle between those who imagined that empiricism alone could define reality and those who believed philosophy alone could define reality.  Then Immanuel Kant proved there must be God—actually, that the not God cannot exist.  The result of this was a sudden deflation of philosophy and ascent of empiricism, and we entered the Enlightenment.

The major characteristic of the Enlightenment is a rejection of the historical-legal and philosophy in favor of empiricism, the scientific method.  This was not the intent of the Enlightenment thinkers, but their worldview would not let them accept anything except that which was empirical.  As I noted, this was a reaction to Immanuel Kant’s proof.  It also set up the world for the false worldview of Gnosticism and secularism. 

Many of the Enlightenment empiricists wouldn’t accept any evidence that wasn’t empirical or what they imagined wasn’t empirical.  As I noted, not everything in the world is empirical.  You must understand history, reasoning, as well as empiricism.  In addition, without the historical-legal, there is no records of the science or measurements.  Without logic, there is no ability to develop theories or new ideas.  Scientists do all this without any real understanding of their use of the means to know truth.

It is as if today, the empiricists, secularists, and Gnostics are ignoring all the history before them and all the power of reasoning from earlier humans. 

As a writer, you need to realize history and the means to know truth.  In addition, writers build their fiction in the fictional trade space, this includes the reflected worldview and a realization of those features of the world that can’t be measured.  For example, you can measure the pages, words, and sentences in a novel, but you can’t really measure the plot, theme, and quality.  You can try to do this.  Can you quantify it in a computer program or for a contest?  In most contests, the reviewers compare novels.  In most cases, they don’t all agree on their first second and third choice.  Anyone who has judged papers, technical works, or books knows this.  The reviewers bring their own opinions and ideas about what is a great novel.

Today, Gnosticism is the religion of most of the first world.  On the other hand, most Gnostics are sure interested in those things which are not empirical.  This is why Harry Potty and shiny Vampires are so popular.          

More tomorrow.

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