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Friday, August 22, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 134, more reading skills how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

22 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 134, more reading skills how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: We are in the countdown phase for the publication of my new novels.  The date on the internet is 1 September.  We will see how close we come, or if the publishers meet the deadline.  My Aegypt novels will be titled Ancient Light, and the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

If you realize that a writer is not a thought controller, but rather an imagination herder, you will begin to understand the power of writing.  The writer places elements into the mind of the reader, and the reader applies the imagination to make the plot and theme play out.  This is why I use the example of scene setting like the stage of a play.  No stage really looks exactly like any place in the world.  Usually, the stage designer doesn't even try to make it real.  They place enough paint and fake woodwork so the audience turns their framework into a house or a lawn or a bowling alley. 

A novel is exactly the same, except instead of fake woodwork and paint, the writer has stronger tools.  Words can weave a reality that isn't real at all.  Some writers paint their scenes using metaphor and comparisons.  Some writers just directly describe the scene.  Some writers use their characters to describe the scene.  Some just jumble it all up together.  As long as you systematically set your scenes and provide strong descriptions for your readers, I'm happy, and you readers will be happy.

In my experience with many new novels, the writers do not know how to set the scenes or describe their characters.  What you get is too much framework of action and adventure with too little paint or fake woodwork on it.  This is like watching a black and white movie with blurry scenes and people.  The writer needs to bring the characters and the scenes into focus and the way to achieve this is through description.  Here's where reading is critical--and I mean reading classics.  Pick up one of those old novels and read the detail the writers placed in their books.  Look at the metaphors and descriptive phrases.  You can see the pictures they want you to see.  You should be able to see, hear, smell, feel, and taste each scene.  That's next.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 133, reading skills how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

21 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 133, reading skills how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: We are in the countdown phase for the publication of my new novels.  The date on the internet is 1 September.  We will see how close we come, or if the publishers meet the deadline.  My Aegypt novels will be titled Ancient Light, and the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

So, how are your reading skills?  Can you read and evaluate what you read?  Can you articulate what you read?  Can you act out what you read?  The ability to act out a scene--at least in your mind is essential to the ability to write.  You have to visualize a scene to write it.  You have to visualize a scene to understand it. I ask this because it is a basic and essential reading skill that becomes a writing skill.

Reading is the basic skill.  You take coherently written words from a page and understand them in their original sense--a mental picture.  In writing you take a mental picture (video) and turn it into a coherently written set of words on a page.  I don't buy the idea that everyone self interprets.  I understand where this idea comes from.  I intentionally use the idea that every reader will interpret parts of my writing differently than I do.  This is why authors intentionally give their readers latitude in the writing.  The point, as a writer, is not to define and control every characteristic of the novel, but rather to herd the imagination of the reader.  The author does not want to be misunderstood or misinterpreted about the important aspects of the storyline.  The author intentionally allows (herds) the imagination of the reader for the rest. 

Let's put it this way.  Your experience as a reader should make it obvious that the writer can't control every aspect of description and narration.  The writer produces a proper framework over which the reader drapes their imagination.  Just writing this: a chair was in the room.  Conjures a picture in the mind of the reader.  Add this: a chair with a high back was in the room--the reader gets an entirely new picture.  Change it to this: a high back chair with a black and yellow flowered print was in the room--gives a new picture.  The author can't completely control the picture.  The author can place the correct elements of the picture into the mind of the reader.  The point for the writer is this, is a normal, general "chair" required for the plot and theme or is a "high back chair with a certain print" required for the plot and theme.  The tools you gain by seeing how other authors tackled this question is very important to your growth as an author.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 132, still more skill development in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

20 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 132, still more skill development in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: We are in the countdown phase for the publication of my new novels.  The date on the internet is 1 September.  We will see how close we come, or if the publishers meet the deadline.  My Aegypt novels will be titled Ancient Light, and the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The number one skill you need as a writer is the ability to read.  It would help if you could act at least a little.  Like when you read to your kids or grandkids.  Do you use different voices for each character?  Do you act out the story?  This is the way you need to be able to read. It would help if you could make even the lousiest piece of writing sound interesting.  This is the point of great literature--the author makes the writing sound great.  If you take some of Shakespeare at face value, the writing is terrible, but Shakespeare made the writing great by the way he put it together and the words he used.  Learn to read and read a lot.  I mentioned what you should read.  Perhaps it is worthwhile to evaluate what to read. 

Like I said, find the best in your genre.  If you write science fiction, I'd suggest Ray Bradbury, Jack Vance, Frank Herbert. early Robert Heinlein. If you write historical fiction, I'd suggest Sir Walter Scott, Shakespeare, Dickens.  Hey, I think most modern historical fiction authors aren't worth reading.  I haven't read many I think know what the ancient world really was like. If they don't understand the world they are writing about, they can't be very good writers.  Shakespeare isn't very good for history either, but that's another question.  He understood the details that he could know, he just didn't have very good sources.  You don't have that excuse.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 131, more skill development in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

19 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 131, more skill development in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: We are in the countdown phase for the publication of my new novels.  The date on the internet is 1 September.  We will see how close we come, or if the publishers meet the deadline.  My Aegypt novels will be titled Ancient Light, and the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

Writing is getting better.  It is evolving.  In the beginning was poetry that became the ballades of the skalds and troubadours.  Those became epic poetry--the Oddessy and the Iliad--Beowulf.  The writers produced short stories and collections of short stories--Decameron.  Eventually Miazaki wrote the first novel, Genshi and Cervantes wrote Don Quiote.  Eventually, Defoe wrote Moll Flanders and that was the beginning of the novel in the English language.  Defoe wrote in a journalistic style, in the first person, and present tense.  The novel has evolved.  It has become something very different than it's beginning.

Writers have evolved the form and the style of the novel.  It is now third person, past tense, and implying the future or a future present.  Novels have evolved, and we should expect them to evolve more.  What is the future of novels?  I suspect they will generally have the form of third person, past tense, implying the future.  We call this science fiction, but I suspect novels will be more and more of a future and scientific basis without much science fiction in them.  They will have science fiction features without much extrapolation of technology.  That is what we are seeing in novels right now.

When you write, I suggest, you take advantage of my observations.  Write third person, past tense, and if your novel is in the present then us a future present.  I set all my novels in time.  I like to use real time and places.  The trick in grounding your writing is to make it fit these basic criteria.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Monday, August 18, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 130, skill development in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

18 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 130, skill development in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: We are in the countdown phase.  The date on the internet is 1 September.  We will see how close we come, or if the publishers meet the deadline.  My Aegypt novels will be titled Ancient Light, and the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

Let's talk about skill development as a writer.  I mentioned generally that you should read and write.  I've given some ideas about how to develop writing skills, but I'd like to drill a little deeper.  First, reading.  What to read and how to read.  What to read is very simple.  Focus your reading on books styles or types you would like to write and intermix those with classic literature.  So, if you want to write science fiction, read Vance, Heinlein, Clark, Asimov, Herbert, and all.  For each of these books you read, read a classic.  Read, Robinson Caruso, Ivanhoe, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, and all.  You certainly can't expect to become a great writer if you don't know what great is, and great in science fiction isn't necessarily great in literature.  In fact, one of the great problems with science fiction is that it has not earned the gravitas of other genre of literature.  I'll leave it to you to determine if that is a problem of the writing or the reading.

Read in the genre you wish to write in and read classics.  By the way, anything from a living writer or post 1950 cannot really be declared a classic.  I will throw in that Ray Bradbury is likely the greatest modern writer and his works will be considered classics.  Dandelion Wine is perhaps the best work in the English language and the best work from the 20th Century.  Writing is getting better in time.  So, although I state Ray Bradbury has produced one if not the best work in English, there is hope for you too.  Writing is getting better in time.  That is why it is necessary to read classics and modern works in your genre.          

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 129, more about skills in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

17 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 129, more about skills in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: I heard from my publisher that my Aegypt novels will continued to be titled Ancient Light and that the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  I saw the proposed cover.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

Your assignment :-) as a writer is to read and write.  The reading provides you with examples and ideas.  The writing provides you with experience to develop your skill set.  I read a novel a week.  I used to read a novel a day.  I don't have time anymore to read that much, because I spend the time in writing.  I have a full time job right now.  When I write continuously, I can write an entire novel and prepare the publisher's and marketing information in a week.  When I first started writing, it took me a year to write a novel.  I can finish a novel in about four to six months depending on my schedule.  At the same time, I keep up three blogs on writing, and my websites.  Although, I haven't been able to work on the websites as much as I wish.  I also do occasional writing.  What I'm trying to illustrate to you is that if you want to succeed in writing, you have to work hard at writing.

I'm not so sure I'm succeeding.  I have six books in publication and two on contract.  I am constantly encouraged by my publisher and hope to have more novels on contract and published.  I'm both lucky and elated that my publisher likes my writing and wants to take the risk to publish my novels.  I'm not making much money, but I continue to write and hone my skills.  I want to leave a legacy of writing that people enjoy reading.  I consider my writing to be fun but serious, literary, carefully researched, entertaining, and exciting.  I want my readers to live an entirely different experience and life through my novels.         

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 128, about skills in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

16 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 128, about skills in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: I heard from my publisher that my Aegypt novels will continued to be titled Ancient Light and that the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  I saw the proposed cover.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

I know in K-12 and college you don't have much scope in choosing your teachers, but let me give you some advice.  Don't try to learn the profession of writing from someone who is not published.  This was my mistaken premise for a long time.  I assumed that a person who was teaching writing actually understood writing and creativity.  I was wrong, and universities are wrong to employ people who have a writing education, but who are not professional authors.  You can't learn to write fiction from someone who has not spent that 10,000 successful hours of experience in learning to write.  When I write, 10,000 successful hours, I mean that they have produced one million words and are acknowledged as a writer by being paid for their works. 

Once you have acquired the basic skills of writing: word usage, sentence construction, paragraph development, scene development, and novel construction, you are ready to begin to build the skills of writing.  The only way to build the skills of writing is to write.  When you have put together one million words--if you learn the skills, you will be publishable.

You might ask, how do I get those skills that are not usually taught: scene development and novel construction.  You have to find it through reading novels or from blogs like this.  You might luck into a class taught at a university by a published author, but I wouldn't count on it.  A university wouldn't hire me to teach because my credentials are in the sciences and not English. 

So, here is what to do, keep reading and keep writing.  Until the world of education changes and takes it out of the control of the unpublished and places it in the hands of the professional, you will mostly have to learn on your own.  Look for authors and experienced professionals in the field of writing--those people will be able to teach you the skills you need to progress.         

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Friday, August 15, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 127, skills in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

15 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 127, skills in writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: I heard from my publisher that my Aegypt novels will continued to be titled Ancient Light and that the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  I saw the proposed cover.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

Writing requires a great deal of skill.  It is not something you simply pick up.  It is not something you take a class in and singularly learn.  You can imagine that everyone in most first world nations has at least 12 years of writing training.  If you are a college graduate, you have at least another couple of years of training in writing.  Do you realize, that this is a small beginning, but not enough to make anyone a competent writer.  Writing competence begins with learning the basic skills in writing--the rules of words, sentence structure, paragraph development, scene development, and novel construction.  If you go to most K-12 and college, you will be trained in the rules of words and sentence structure.  You might get some experience with paragraph development.  In English and American literature, you might get some training in novel construction (for the purpose of evaluating novels, not writing them).  In general, you may learn most of the functional pieces required to write a novel.  The part you certainly won't get is scene development.  You also won't get much help with actual novel construction. 

This is why I focus on developing the theme, plot, and then storyline, in this blog.  It is also why I write extensively about scene construction and development.  These are the pieces of writing a novel that are not generally taught in schools anywhere.  Plus, when I was a student, I thought that people who taught writing, especially in college, had to be published authors.  Boy was I wrong.  Many if not most writing teachers in standard schools haven't published anything, and if they have, it is in college literary magazines of their own construction.  You know, the kinds of literary magazines that are given away for free or that have no commercial basis.  In other words, their work has not be chosen by the commercial marketplace for real people who will pay money for the writing.  I learned this the hard way.

In writing, the skills must be learned one way or another--there is only one way to get experience in writing, however.          

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 126, style rules of writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

14 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 126, style rules of writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: I heard from my publisher that my Aegypt novels will continued to be titled Ancient Light and that the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  I saw the proposed cover.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

Let's talk about the craft of writing.  I'm talking about grammar and style.  Bet you thought style was that special skill of the writer--well that is one type of style, but not the style I'm writing about.  What I mean by style is the manual of style that defines capitalization, the writing of numbers, grammar usage, punctuation, word usage, and spelling.  You thought your English and grammar teacher taught you everything--didn't you?  Well he didn't unless he mentioned about style in professional writing.

If you want to be a professional in any field, start studying.  One of the problems with people today, is that they are not willing to put much sweat equity into their desires.  If you want to be a writer, you have to work at it.  I don't mean you write an hour a day and call it good. I mean, you give up TV and other worthless mind-numbing trash and spend hours and hours working at writing.  If you don't understand about writing style, I suggest you study it.  If you are not writing about four or more hours a day, I suggest you start.  Turn off the boob-tube and turn on your creativity.  Dedicate yourself to writing, you may achieve something.

I'll mention again, the rule of thumb for success or extraordinary competency in any field is about 10,000 hours of experience.  For writing, this is about one million words.  When you have written one million words (about 8 to 10 novels), you may be at about the level of competency in writing.  Until then, you are just one of the many who have desires, but with little to show for it.          

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 125, more rules of writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

13 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 125, more rules of writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: I heard from my publisher that my Aegypt novels will continued to be titled Ancient Light and that the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  I saw the proposed cover.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

I believe we established that not only are there rules of writing, but also that the rules of writing are not to be broken.  I'm not sure you can bend them.  Let's talk about the real rules that govern writing.  I mentioned grammar.  There are rules of grammar and style.  Guides to style in English include the Chicago manual of style and the New York Times manual of style.  There are others  Which style do you use?  Did you know there is a difference?  Did you know there are manuals for style in English?  There are also styles for grammar and writing in other languages.  If you find a stickler in English, and you use the wrong style, they will complain.  If you don't know what style is, or if you don't hold to a consistent style, you might not get published.

Don't you think that style in your language is something you should understand?  In fact, shouldn't you understand all those rules people purport to tell you to break?  Let's put it this way.  If you wrote music, wouldn't you expect to know the basic rules of music composition from the language of music to the chords and the meter of the music?  If you would expect all this detailed knowledge for music, what is your knowledge of your language.  If you want to write, you must understand the fundamentals of the craft you wish to use.        

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 124, rule of writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

12 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 124, rule of writing how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: I heard from my publisher that my Aegypt novels will continued to be titled Ancient Light and that the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  I saw the proposed cover.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

So, if words follow immutable rules (spelling and meanings) and sentences follow immutable rules (grammar), do paragraphs follow rules too?  I think I expressed this in a reasonable fashion before.  Paragraphs do indeed follow certain rules.  These rules aren't immutable like those for words and sentence construction, but they mean the difference between a cohesive paragraph and an uncohesive paragraph.  What would you rather write?  Something understandable or something not understandable.  If you wish people to understand your writing, I'd go with cohesive.  If you want cohesive, you will follow the very basic rules of paragraph development I mentioned.

What about scenes?  Paragraphs are formed by the writer into scenes.  I've taken a lot of time to show you the basic ideas for scene development--are these rules?  They are not rules in the sense of grammar or spelling.  They are rules in the sense of helping to put together something cohesive. 

Are there rules for novels--that is scenes put together in a cohesive sequence.  Those are the five parts of a novel that I have listed in this blog for a long time.  Are these rules?  Not really rules so much as they are the format for a classical novel.  I don't think you are going to get very far with any serious piece of writing that does not follow this very general guideline.  So, there are rules in writing.  What rules can you break?  When writers or teachers mention that you should break rules in your writing, the first thing I want to ask is what rules are you talking about.  The second is, why would you want to break any of these basic rules?  If your words don't mean the same thing to others, then you will not have any understanding.  If your grammar is poor, no one will read your writing.  If your paragraphs are not understandable, no one will want to read your writing.  If your scenes are inncochate and unentertaining, you aren't going anywhere.  If your novels are a jumble of unstructured mess, who is going to publish you?        

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Monday, August 11, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 123, more putting together paragraphs how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

11 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 123, more putting together paragraphs how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: I heard from my publisher that my Aegypt novels will continued to be titled Ancient Light and that the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  I saw the proposed cover.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

There is really no such thing as freedom from rules in writing.  For example, every word must be put together correctly and appropriately.  If you don't follow the rules of spelling and phonetics, you will never be able to produce words that anyone else can understand.  Now, it is possible to invent new words, but even the words you invent must follow certain rules based on their composition.  If you don't believe me, just try to make a word without any basis for vowels, phonetics, or meaning and see what you get. 

If you move up to sentences, English particularly has very stringent rules governing word placement in the sentence structure.  Other languages are not as specific, but you will find every language has very exacting rules for putting together sentences.  If you don't follow the rules of sentence structure, no one will understand your writing.  Perhaps we should talk a little about sentence structure.  If you are not an expert in writing sentences...Let's add to that--if you don't have a very strong vocabulary (of proper words), and if you are not an expert in crafting those words into proper sentences, you cannot be a good writer.  To be able to craft sentences means you know all the very detailed rules of English (or whatever language you are writing in) sentence construction.  This is what we call grammar.  Knowledge of grammar is necessary to be able to write at all.  To write well requires expert knowledge.  What rules do you think you can throw out to achieve any kind of worthwhile writing?  I hope you answered, none.  If you know the rules, you might have some ability to bend them or to intentionally misuse them to produce some effect in your writing, but without the rules, you aren't getting very far. 

For example, you might misuse grammar to bring out cultural differences between a country hick and a city dweller.   

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 122, putting together paragraphs how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

10 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 122, putting together paragraphs how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: I heard from my publisher that my Aegypt novels will continued to be titled Ancient Light and that the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  I saw the proposed cover.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

I was lucky to have a very good education in writing paragraphs.  Once you get the concept of the paragraph down, you can begin to put them together.  In some advanced paragraphs concepts, some writers will suggest your paragraphs introduce the idea or though to the paragraph, have a body of text (sentences) to expand on the idea, and a conclusion/connection to the next paragraph.  This is not a bad idea.  If you find your writing isn't as cohesive as it should be, you might try this method of paragraph development--it certainly can't hurt.  I'll describe the details.

I already mentioned that the first sentence must introduce the subject (idea/thought) behind the paragraph.  The rest of the sentences build on this thought (subject).  The end sentence of the paragraph should sum up the idea and provide a connection to the next paragraph.  The connection does not need to be overt, but direct connection isn't a poor way to write.

If you notice, this input/output method of writing a paragraph is similar to the input/output method I espouse for scene writing.  Writing is a system of building blocks for expression.  The building blocks begin with words, goes to phrases, then sentences, then paragraphs, then scenes, then chapters, and finally novels.  Each building block has rules and techniques for putting them together.  Some writers advocate freedom from rules, but you can't really write with "freedom from rules."  I'll tell you why.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 121, more paragraphs how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

9 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 121, more paragraphs how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: I heard from my publisher that my Aegypt novels will continued to be titled Ancient Light and that the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  I saw the proposed cover.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

In writing a paragraph, begin with a single thought or idea.  One idea or thought per paragraph.  The paragraph must have an introduction--that is the first sentence in the paragraph is the introduction.  You must introduce the idea in the paragraph at that point.  Here is the scene setting and initial paragraph from Valeska.

A full moon hung above midnight Gdańsk.  The dark medieval streets were wet and filthy.  Puddles ringed with oily rainbows covered the cracked cobblestones.  The moon shown in each of the puddles, reflected as a milky glow that was grimed with the floating sheen.  The scent of saltwater and rotting fish rose with the night time tide, an unavoidable stench this close to the waterfront.  At street level, the night was utterly dark.  The very few modern lights along the crumbling cobblestone avenue shared little illumination with the ancient alleyways that pierced the darkened buildings on either side of the street. 

Notice in this example, the thought or idea is midnight Gdańsk--this is a description of midnight Gdańsk.  Therefore, the first sentence of the paragraph tells you what the paragraph is about.  The description then moves logically from point to point in the description to bring you to the point--the darkened buildings on either side of the street.  Here is another example from Aksinya:

The dank stone room was filled with shadows.  Every corner oozed darkness.  Within a pentagram that was encompassed by a circle stood a slight young woman.  Fat yellow beef-tallow candles marked the points of the pentagram and weakly illuminated only the area around her.  A brazier of incense filled the room with the scent of myrrh along with an underlying smell that was indeterminate, but left a taste of blood in the mouth.  The woman was dressed in a black gown that was much too large for her.  Beautiful hand made lace cascaded down the front of the dress and decorated the sleeves.  Thick velvet competed with black satin to form a perfect attire to greet a Tsar, but certainly not a commissar.  The gown fell loosely away from the woman’s thin chest and small breasts.  It looked odd draped on her body, like a girl playing dress-up from her mother’s closet.  But this gown obviously came from the closet of a princess.

The idea or thought described in the paragraph is the dank stone room.  It is filled with shadows.  The sentences from that point make descriptions in a logical fashion to the character introduction.  In this paragraph, I intentionally make the character part of the shadows in the dank stone room.

Not every reader might get this point, but it is a complex one. The main point about a paragraph is very simple--the first sentence must, I repeat must, introduce the main concept of the paragraph.  Second, the paragraph should be both entertaining and, if possible, exciting.  I think I provided both in these paragraphs.  So single idea and entertainment.  That makes a great paragraph.  Each paragraph you write should have these characteristics.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Friday, August 8, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 120, paragraphs how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

8 August 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 120, paragraphs how to develop Storyline, Entertaining, Rising Action

Announcement: I heard from my publisher that my Aegypt novels will continued to be titled Ancient Light and that the next two books will be called Sister of Light  and  Sister of Darkness.  These were the original titles.  They will be released individually and as a 3 in 1 volume.  I saw the proposed cover.  I'll keep you updated.

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.
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 newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

Each paragraph is like a miniature scene--except that a paragraph is specific and conveys a single thought or idea.  For example, a paragraph might be the scene setting in time.  A paragraph might be the scene setting in place.  You might place the entire scene setting into a single paragraph (time and place).  Another paragraph could be the character setting, or you can break the character setting into a paragraph for each character.  If you get the point of the paragraph, you will already guess that I will tell you to use a separate paragraph for the time setting, for the place setting, for each character setting, for each description, for each introduction, etc. 

Each new idea should have a separate paragraph.  That doesn't mean you should have bunches of single sentence paragraphs.  If you are writing single sentence narrative paragraphs, you are not properly writing paragraphs.  I make the distinction between narrative and dialog because, in English, we separate each person's statement as a separate thought (paragraph).  Some thoughts (statements) require more than a single paragraph, but that is somewhat unusual. 

I'll break down the steps of building a paragraph next.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com