9 October 2019, Writing - part xx006 Writing a Novel, Writing for the Modern World
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 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
I looked at the following ideas in terms of writing history and about the future.
3. Social construction
8. Common knowledge
9. Common sense
10. Reflected culture
11. Reflected history
12. Reflected society
16. Weapons and warfare
I had two purposes in writing about these and this subject. The first was to give you a basis of a classical understanding of the world. This basis has a foundation in the Western understanding of the means to prove truth: the historical-legal method, logic, and the scientific method. If you have an understanding of these means to know truth, you are educated in the origin and core of all Western learning and education.
With literacy and the understanding of the means to prove truth, you can learn. This is how every scholar from the beginning of Western civilization learned. This was the basis of the Age of Reason, the Age of Enlightenment, and the science in the Industrial Age. Science and technology rooted in the scientific method continue to provide the impetus for the Age of Knowledge, but the Age of Knowledge certainly is devoid of the depth, reasoning, and moral strength of the previous ages of human civilization. In facing modern writing and especially modern fiction writing, the author needs to understand the power of the means to know truth, and the problems engendered by modern thinking. Theoretically, a writing should be able to produce wonderfully entertaining and substantially powerful fiction by applying the means to know truth in the modern world.
The second purpose of attacking these subjects was to show a different and deeper understanding of history and the world than it is possible you have been exposed to. What I mean is to provide a historical basis that I hope improved your understanding of both the ancient and the modern world. Popular movies and books hardly convey a reasoned or reliable understanding of history. The false understanding bred of a limited event horizon and lack of familiarity with classical literature produces this unreliable view of human events and history.
Once we comprehend the limits of our event horizon and the tools to study real history, we can begin to shape historical, present, and futuristic fiction. The point is to express the real in our writing—the real with such a power that our readers can’t help but experience it to the depth of their bones.
With this understanding, we’ll move back to the primary subject—tools for writing the novel.
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