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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 969, Publishing, Protagonists, Conclusions, more Problems with Superheroes


6 December 2016, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 969, Publishing, Protagonists, Conclusions, more Problems with Superheroes  

Announcement: Delay, my new novels can be seen on the internet, but the publisher has delayed all their fiction output due to the economy.  I'll keep you informed.  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 website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to 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.

All novels have five discrete parts:

1.  The initial scene (the beginning)

2.  The rising action

3.  The climax

4.  The falling action

5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 26th novel, working title, Shape, proposed title, Essie: Enchantment and the Aos Si, is this: Mrs. Lyons captures a shape-shifting girl in her pantry and rehabilitates her.

I finished writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.  This might need some tweaking.  The theme statement is: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.  

Here is the cover proposal for Essie: Enchantment and the Aos SiEssie is my 26th novel.

Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja. 

I'm an advocate of using the/a scene input/output method to drive the rising action--in fact, to write any novel. 

Scene development:

1.  Scene input (easy)

2.  Scene output (a little harder)

3.  Scene setting (basic stuff)

4.  Creativity (creative elements of the scene)

5.  Tension (development of creative elements to build excitement)

6.  Release (climax of creative elements)

 

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.

 

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.

 

These are the steps I use to write 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

 

Would you like to write a novel that a publisher will consider?  Would you like to write a novel that is published?  How about one that sells? 

 

Your readers need to want and think they can be like your Romantic characters or there is no point.  The reason Sara Crew from A Little Princess is such a good Romantic character is because every little girl can imagine they are like her.  The reason Harry Potty of the Hogwarts fame is okay as a Romantic character is that every child can imagine they might have magical powers, those powers just haven’t manifested yet.  A kid can imagine they might be bitten by a radioactive spider and become Spiderman—that’s a little more farfetched, but still in the realm of possible imagination.  Unless you were born on Krypton and came to earth as an alien, and you can lift a barn, you can’t be Superman.  Nothing will ever change that. 

 

With my Romantic protagonists, a person can imagine they have the bloodline of a goddess or demi-god.  The characters are generally unbound gods and goddesses who pass their power and traits through their children.  They live and die like regular humans, but they have been graced with unusual powers.  As long as you present the possibility of being like your Romantic protagonist, your readers can always hope.  If there is no way such a thing in conceivable, well your readers can’t hope either.  This is why Richard Roirdan’s characters appeal to kids—they might also be related to the gods. 

 

The main point comes back to the fact that your readers need to imagine they might be like your Romantic protagonists.  The second point is they want to conform your pathos characters.                   

 

More tomorrow.


For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

fiction, theme, plot, story, storyline, character development, scene, setting, conversation, novel, book, writing, information, study, marketing, tension, release, creative, idea, logic

Monday, December 5, 2016

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 968, Publishing, Protagonists, Conclusions, more of the Problem with Superheroes


5 December 2016, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 968, Publishing, Protagonists, Conclusions, more of the Problem with Superheroes  

Announcement: Delay, my new novels can be seen on the internet, but the publisher has delayed all their fiction output due to the economy.  I'll keep you informed.  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 website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to 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.

All novels have five discrete parts:

1.  The initial scene (the beginning)

2.  The rising action

3.  The climax

4.  The falling action

5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 26th novel, working title, Shape, proposed title, Essie: Enchantment and the Aos Si, is this: Mrs. Lyons captures a shape-shifting girl in her pantry and rehabilitates her.

I finished writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.  This might need some tweaking.  The theme statement is: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.  

Here is the cover proposal for Essie: Enchantment and the Aos SiEssie is my 26th novel.

Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja. 

I'm an advocate of using the/a scene input/output method to drive the rising action--in fact, to write any novel. 

Scene development:

1.  Scene input (easy)

2.  Scene output (a little harder)

3.  Scene setting (basic stuff)

4.  Creativity (creative elements of the scene)

5.  Tension (development of creative elements to build excitement)

6.  Release (climax of creative elements)

 

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.

 

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.

 

These are the steps I use to write 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

 

Would you like to write a novel that a publisher will consider?  Would you like to write a novel that is published?  How about one that sells? 

 

I’m going to repeat myself from a little different standpoint.  I’ll say it again, readers like Romantic characters because they want to be like them.  They like pathos characters because they want to comfort them.  Put them together and you have an irresistible combination.  Let me say this differently.  In the case of strong Romantic characters, your readers imagine it is possible to be like them.  In the case of strong pathos characters, your readers don’t want to be like them, but they can see themselves in those types of characters. 

 

What does a superhero as a character give them?  It is indeed possible to have a superhero who is not a Romantic character.  Hard to do, but possible.  In any case, the main quality of a superhero is some kind of irresistible power.  This is also true of gods, demi-gods, and other supernatural characters.  If the superhero is invulnerable, you have no telic flaw and no story for your novel.  The same is true of the other character archetypes (I’m using this term loosely).  Such a character requires an appropriate foil.  This foil comes in multiple varieties, but the most common is an archrival and a vulnerability.  Real humans have multiple vulnerabilities—superheroes, not so much.  The problem of rivals is you need a new one after each victory.  Just look at poor Batman.  As soon as he puts away one criminal, he has a new one to fight.  The other problem is the escalation of peril until we get to the end of the world theme.  The world has almost been destroyed so many times in modern superhero movies, it’s a wonder that anything is still standing.  This is the problem with Superman—he’s just too super to be a man.  Anyone can be brave if nothing can kill you.  Readers just don’t care if this kind of character lives or dies.

 

Back to the main point, your readers need to want and think they can be like your Romantic characters or there is no point.                    

 

More tomorrow.


For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

fiction, theme, plot, story, storyline, character development, scene, setting, conversation, novel, book, writing, information, study, marketing, tension, release, creative, idea, logic

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 967, Publishing, Protagonists, Conclusions, The Problem with Superheroes


4 December 2016, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 967, Publishing, Protagonists, Conclusions, The Problem with Superheroes  

Announcement: Delay, my new novels can be seen on the internet, but the publisher has delayed all their fiction output due to the economy.  I'll keep you informed.  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 website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to 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.

All novels have five discrete parts:

1.  The initial scene (the beginning)

2.  The rising action

3.  The climax

4.  The falling action

5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my 26th novel, working title, Shape, proposed title, Essie: Enchantment and the Aos Si, is this: Mrs. Lyons captures a shape-shifting girl in her pantry and rehabilitates her.

I finished writing my 27th novel, working title, Claire, potential title Sorcha: Enchantment and the Curse.  This might need some tweaking.  The theme statement is: Claire (Sorcha) Davis accepts Shiggy, a dangerous screw-up, into her Stela branch of the organization and rehabilitates her.  

Here is the cover proposal for Essie: Enchantment and the Aos SiEssie is my 26th novel.
 
Cover Proposal

The most important scene in any novel is the initial scene, but eventually, you have to move to the rising action. I started writing my 28th novel, working title Red Sonja. 

I'm an advocate of using the/a scene input/output method to drive the rising action--in fact, to write any novel. 

Scene development:

1.  Scene input (easy)

2.  Scene output (a little harder)

3.  Scene setting (basic stuff)

4.  Creativity (creative elements of the scene)

5.  Tension (development of creative elements to build excitement)

6.  Release (climax of creative elements)

 

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.

 

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.

 

These are the steps I use to write 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

 

Would you like to write a novel that a publisher will consider?  Would you like to write a novel that is published?  How about one that sells? 

 

The author has multiple problems with superheroes.  The primary problem is where the telic flaw and the climax of most superheroes go.  A superhero is about saving the world.  There wouldn’t be a problem if the superhero would just save individuals, but that is much too mundane.  Superheroes begat super events which leads to the end of the world—unless the superhero has their way.  Take for example Harry Potty.  Harry is a god or superhero—take your pick.  His telic flaw is that he has a horrific villain who has killed his family and who has tried to kill him, still trying to kill him.  Ultimately, if Harry Potty doesn’t succeed, the world, as the magic users know it will be destroyed and all the good magic users will be dead.  I don’t like the world of Harry Potty, and I don’t like the character of Harry Potty.  He is too perfect and there is too much deus ex machina everywhere.  Ultimately, he is a god or a superhero.  His telic flaw drives the climax and the climax is to save the world—kill the villain.  If you like these types of bloodthirsty plots, go for it.  I think it is unrefined and vulgar, but my novels haven’t sold a million copies.

 

This is how I recommend you develop your Romantic characters.  My protagonists do tend to be goddesses, demi-goddesses, supernatural beings, and etc.  What separates them from superheroes is that their telic flaw tends to be something within themselves or directly related to their families.  They are not super-powered.  They have human failings and traits.  They are more vulnerable than most human beings.  For example, Leroa can’t handle places where there isn’t much sunlight.  She can’t live in the environs of Northern Europe without falling ill.  She has powers within human comprehension, but they are powers related to being a goddess of light.  She can control light to a degree.  She doesn’t and can’t use her powers to save the world.  She is lucky to save her family and those she loves.  This is not a superhero, this is a human hero.  As I noted, you can take Romantic characters of great power and make them human and real.               

 

More tomorrow.


For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

fiction, theme, plot, story, storyline, character development, scene, setting, conversation, novel, book, writing, information, study, marketing, tension, release, creative, idea, logic