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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 6, Rules of Vampires

16 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 6, Rules of Vampires

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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 this new novel is: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed. 

The rules of vampires are those ideas that have flowed down mainly through Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula.  This novel is the basis for the "Rules of Vampires."  A classical vampire must follow these rules or they are not a vampire.  If they don't follow the basic rules of a vampire, they really can't be a vampire.  Now, a novelist is able to change the rules for a certain vampire or perhaps a group, but the problem always exists that they will destroy the character of the vampire.  If a vampire does not drink human blood to survive, what is it?  If a vampire is not destroyed by sunlight, what is it?  If a vampire is not evil in some way, what is it?  If a vampire is not killed by a stake through the heart, what is it?  If a vampire is not repelled by a cross and silver, what is it?  Some modification to the vampire, mostly additions or qualifications, are certainly acceptable, but changes to these rules make the character something else than a vampire.  One could assume Bram Stoker go it wrong, but he invented the classical vampire, so he is the only person with the authority to change the concept of a vampire.

Valeska, in my novel is a classical vampire.  I did make some clarifications to the idea of a vampire.  I specified that a vampire may not attack a cross bearer.  This is an extension of the idea of the cross repelling a vampire.  In a Christian, the cross is invisible, but marked on her forehead and heart.  Therefore, a Christian must be able to repel a vampire.  Further, in my novel, I present the idea that a Christian may give a vampire permission to take his blood, but when that happens, the vampire can't drink any other human's blood.  Okay, this is an obvious plot device, but no one has examined this part about vampires much.  This is the latitude I have as an author--if I can convince my audience to accept this characteristic of vampires, I have achieved my goals.

With this theme statement I am ready to tackle the novel.  The next step was to flesh out the characters and the setting.

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, April 15, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 5

15 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 5

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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 this new novel is: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed. 

At the same time, we are talking about a real vampire here.  In my novel, I flesh out the ideas that Stoker didn't fully explain.  In the novel I am writing, vampires were already damned before they became vampires.  I explain that a vampire can't attack a "cross-bearer," a Christian.  This is consistent with ideas about vampires and the Bible.  In my novel, a vampire can only attack (hunt and dine on) those who are not Christians.  They can only make vampires those who are unredeemed and already damned. 

My character Valeska/Heidi was a young woman who traded sex for sorcery.  She abused other students in her school.  She was self absorbed and evil.  She murdered her middle-aged lover using sorcery and that is what drew the other vampires.  To make a vampire, a vampire must kill his prey by drinking all the blood and then replace some of the blood with vampire's blood.  The taking of the blood, kills the person--they are dead.  The replacing with vampire's blood puts in a powerful piece of evil that sustains the vampire.  In my novel, a vampire is a creature without a pneuma--a spirit.  They have lost their spirit and therefore the sunlight turns them into dust.

With this theme statement I am ready to tackle the novel.  The next step was to flesh out the characters and the setting.

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, April 14, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 4

14 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 4

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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 this new novel is: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed. 

This discussion about vampires is to show how you flesh out a character.  In this case, a vampire's character.  In this novel, I wanted to make the vampire the protagonist's helper, and the protagonist the agent.  I wanted a classical vampire.  A classical vampire is one who meets all the criteria of Bram Stoker's Dracula.  A non-classical vampire is a vampire who does not have the characteristics of the monster Bram Stoker created.  A vampire should not be a hero, but it might have some heroic characteristics.  This is the point of redemption.  A vampire is a character that is a damned human on the earth.  To achieve redemption, the character would have to do something special and redemptive.  That has more to do with the plot development than the development of the character.

So, take the classical vampire and make it a modern character.  Many have done this well.  I wanted a character that could deliver pathos (emotion), therefore, I chose a character who would immediately deliver even if they were evil.  The obvious best pathos type character is a beautiful girl.  Place her in rags, make her hungry, and put her out on the streets--that is an immediate means to make male and female readers feel sorry for your vampire. 

Better yet, if she was or is abused then that increases the level of pathos.  The point is to immediately get my readers to feel positive emotion about the protagonist helper.  The means to do this is by applying certain characteristic to that character.  All this is in the fleshing out or development of the character before the novel is written.

With this theme statement I am ready to tackle the novel.  The next step was to flesh out the characters and the setting.

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, April 13, 2014

Writing Ideas - Themes (Vampire Novel), part 3

13 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Themes (Vampire Novel), part 3

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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 this new novel is: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed. 

The point I am trying to make to you is this: the theme is a critical aspect of any novel.  The development of the theme is the meaning of authorship.  Your themes need to be somewhat unique.  The reason I am using a vampire in a novel is not to catch the wave of vampire based books, but rather because I was inspired by the idea of the possibility of redeeming a vampire and the idea of a vampire that was dependent on a human. 

The second part is kind of simple.  All vampires are dependent on humans--that is they must hunt and drink the blood of humans for survival.  Here is part of the fleshing out of the vampire character and development.  First, vampires in history and literature are defined by Bram Stoker's vampire Dracula.  Bram Stoker invented, not the idea of the vampire, but rather the literary idea of the vampire. 

Bram Stoker's vampires could not come out during the day. They drank human blood.  They were seduced first by the vampire and then they were turned into a vampire by that seduction.  They were immortal beings and they were spiritual beings.  I used all the ideas from Bram Stoker's classical vampire to develop my vampire.  I also clarified some points about vampires to develop my plot and the idea of dependency on a human rather than on humans in general. 

With this theme statement I am ready to tackle the novel.  The next step was to flesh out the characters and the setting.

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, April 12, 2014

Writing Ideas - Themes (Vampire Novel), part 2

12 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Themes (Vampire Novel), part 2

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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 this new novel is: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed. 

Many writers and artists will say that every good theme has already been used before and all good themes are just reused in a different setting.  I'm not certain I agree with this.  In the case of the vampire novel I'm writing, the single word theme would be redemption.  The redemption theme is a classic theme.   What makes it unique is that it is applied to a vampire. 

You might ask, how do I intend to achieve the redemption of a vampire?  The answer is this, I have no idea at all.  That's not true exactly.  I have some ideas, but no fixed ones.  In writing this kind of novel, you need the redemption to be believable.  The writer has to make the circumstances and the characters believable as well.  The critical element is the believability of the novel and the ideas in the novel.  This is called suspension of belief, and this is what I have been writing about for weeks in my other blog at www.novelscene.wordpress.com.  To achieve a proper novel development, the reader has to buy into and be kept in the storyline and novel.  The author must develop the theme into a plot and storyline such that the reader buys everything and enters the world the writer creates. 

The point of this novel is to place the reader in the modern world with a vampire and a secret agent.  

With this theme statement I was ready to tackle the novel.  The next step was to flesh out the characters and the setting.

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, April 11, 2014

Writing Ideas - Themes (Vampire Novel), part 1

11 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Themes (Vampire Novel), part 1

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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

I just started writing another novel back in December.  I think I noted 1 December as the start date.  I got the idea for the novel by using the immersion techniques I described before for creativity.  I was reading and watching some books on vampires, and I had a great idea for an vampire novel.  I know I have written before that Vampire novels are trite, but I think I have a completely unique idea that included a vampire. 

The theme statement of this novel is: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.  This is a redemption theme and is unique in a couple of ways.  The first is the concept of a vampire being dependent on a person.  The second is the idea of a vampire being redeemed.  I have never read a novel or a story about a vampire having any possibility of redemption, and I have never read a book about a vampire dependent on a person.

With this theme statement I was ready to tackle the novel.  The first step was to flesh out the characters and the setting.

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, April 10, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 250 Conclusion

10 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 250 Conclusion

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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 right, let's finish this series up and move on.  The point of science fiction is the science.  If you don't have a clue about science, you shouldn't be writing science fiction.  The trick in getting from fiction to science fiction is the extrapolation of the science to technology and the development of a science fiction theme.

The theme statement for a science fiction novel should have a science fiction protagonist (character), antagonist (character), setting, and action.  From the theme statement, the author gets these major parts of the novel and fleshes them out into a plot.  The plot can be developed from an initial scene based on the theme statement (scene outline and the way I write).  There are other methods, but the ultimate end is the writing of a novel.  All novels have five specific discrete parts: initial scene (the beginning), the rising action, the climax, the falling action, and the dénouement.  All the parts except the rising action are usually single scenes.  The characteristic of any science fiction novel is to have extrapolated science and technology as part of each scene and as the basis for each scene and part of the novel--that's what makes it science fiction.

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, April 9, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 249 Continuing Scenes

9 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 249 Continuing Scenes

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

I'm not giving this series up quite yet.  I'll review some of what I've already described and tie it together. 

Holding to a single point of view (POV) while writing a scene is critical.  If you don't think it is, your editor will continuously remind you.  So you need to hold to a single POV throughout the scene and usually through out the novel.  Your POV should be the protagonist.  By this, I don't mean you should use first person.  In fact, don't use the first person in novel writing unless there is s specific reason to do it.  If you are confused, go back through my blogs--I give many reasons for not using the first person and when you should use the first person.  Use the third person and stick to the protagonist POV. 

Now, in the newest novel I am writing, I have some scenes where the protagonist is not present.  That means the protagonist POV is impossible.  What is possible is to use the third person, and therefore, not declare a POV or to judiciously use a POV of one of the characters in the scene.  Generally, I try to not declare a POV.  Sometimes you need to get into a POV, but remember this: it is better to not have a POV if you can get away with it.  I've written about POV a lot in the past--just review some of those entries.  As you build your scenes, you will find that you can write many novels in a sequence of scenes with input and output sequentially through the entire novel.  Not every novel can be written this way, but most should be.  This is the scene method of writing.

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, April 8, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 248 yet more Next Scene

8 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 248 yet more Next Scene

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

I'm not giving this series up quite yet.  I'll review some of what I've already described and tie it together. 

The trick in writing in scenes is that each scene follows the next in time.  Additionally, each scene provides the input for the next scene which provides the output for the next scene etc.  In this way, you can write a novel that is orderly, doesn't confuse your readers, and that makes sense to your readers.  Novels are complex enough without mixing up the time and sequence of events. 

In some cases, I add scenes that are not within the sequence I described.  Now, here is the point--the point of view (POV) to be exact.  Every novel and every scene has a POV.  If your editor starts bugging you about POV, this is what they mean.  When you write a novel, there is an implied and a specific POV in every scene and in the novel.  The POV should really be your main character.  If the protagonist is not the POV, it should be the protagonist's helper or the antagonist (or the antagonist's helper).  In most novels, the POV follows the protagonist.  In every scene, there should be only one POV.  This is usually the protagonist, but can vary by scene.  You should not vary the POV in a scene. 

In my newest novel, I do shift the scenes to simultaneously occurring scenes from a different POV.  I use an antagonist's helper POV and give the reader an input from a different source that is required for the plot line of the novel.  In these scenes, the input/output rules still apply, but just in a slightly different context.

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, April 7, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 247 more Next Scene

7 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 247 more Next Scene

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

I'm not giving this series up quite yet.  I'll review some of what I've already described and tie it together. 

The ideas I'm discussing in this overall conclusion are not just for science fiction, but relevant to all writing.  I'm putting together the sequence of events for writing a science fiction novel.  The input for the first scene comes out of the setting, characters, and action of the theme statement.  That first scene has an output.  The output for the first scene provides the input for the second scene.  In the new novel I am writing and mentioned yesterday, the first scene ends with the agent, following his wounding and encounter with the starving vampire, unconscious but alive--that is the output of the first scene.  The input for the second scene is the agent in the hospital--he wakes up.  The scene in the hospital should be obvious--the nurse, the doctor visit, the revelation of what the doctors discovered, finally, the visit from the agent's boss (station director).

The output of the hospital scene is the discharge from the hospital.  This is the input for the next scene.  Here the author has some control over the movement of the scenes.  This input could go many places.  The agent could go to a bar, seek out the vampire, go home, go to the office.  I had him go home.  An agent always has to prepare an after action report.  This is the most important thing an agent can do.  The mission is worthless unless there is a report.  Real agents must write their reports--they are not debriefed by a person who writes it all down. 

Note that each scene follows the first in sequence and that the output from one scene drive the input of the next.  This is the key point I am making.

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, April 6, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 246 Next Scene

6 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 246 Next Scene

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

I'm not giving this series up quite yet.  I'll review some of what I've already described and tie it together. 

The ideas I'm discussing in this overall conclusion are not just for science fiction, but relevant to all writing.  I'm putting together the sequence of events for writing a science fiction novel.  Once you have written the first scene, the rest of the novel will almost write itself.  The entry into the first scene is the theme statement.  The setting and characters come out of the theme statement.  The action for the initial scene comes out of the theme statement and the characters.  In the latest novel I am writing, the theme is about the relationship between a vampire and a government agent.  The government agent is shot while on assignment and accidentally gets involved with the vampire.  I know I told you that vampire themes are overused--I just had an inspiration and couldn't let it go.  Every scene, including the initial scene, has an input to the scene.  The input are the conditions that set the scene and make it come into place.  As a writer, you don't need to tell all the initial conditions for the initial scene, you just set the scene and put it into motion. 

In my newest novel, the inputs to the first scene are very complex, but simply, the agent has been tasked with a simple contact assignment and is shot through the chest.  The vampire is a girl who was hunting and the agent happened to get in the way.  She is starving and asks the agent if she can have some blood.  In the exchange, the agent doesn't become a vampire, but the vampire gives him back his life, while the vampire has become dependent on the agent.  The point is the scene is almost all setting and conversation with the strong action at the beginning.  At the end, the vampire is gone and the agent is unconscious.  The next scene should be obvious.  The output of the first scene is that the vampire saves the agent and the agent saves the vampire.  The agent is out and previously pressed the crises button on his phone.  Since we follow the protagonist, the next scene must be the agent in the hospital.

In my latest novel (not science fiction), the first scene is filled with action and excitement, blood and guts.  That first scene is critical to the entire novel.

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, April 5, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 245 Initial Scene

5 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 245 Initial Scene

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

I'm not giving this series up quite yet.  I'll review some of what I've already described and tie it together. 

The ideas I'm discussing in this overall conclusion are not just for science fiction, but relevant to all writing.  I'm putting together the sequence of events for writing a science fiction novel.  The first was to extrapolate the technology to get the setting (science fiction setting), the action (science fiction action), and the characters (science fiction characters).  In reality, I only need one of these elements for science fiction, but I must have extrapolated technology.  All three of these come from and go into your theme statement.  From the theme statement, you get your setting, protagonist, antagonist, possibly the protagonist's helper, and the action statement of the theme.  From the theme statement, you can expand the main characters and the ideas of the theme into a plot.

The first step in developing the plot (from my standpoint) is the initial scene.  I craft the initial scene first for all my novels.  This is the scene that must draw in your readers.  This is the scene that puts all the other scenes in their proper orientation and setting.  It must be exciting.  I will admit, that in the past, I've not started some of my novels at the correct point or with the proper scene.  I wont go back and fix those novels because, in the method I write a novel, those scenes are still necessary, they just aren't as exciting as they should be.  The first scene colors and begins the novel.  So, for A Season of Honor, the beginning scene is the introduction of Baron Shaun du Locke and Count Acier's proposal.  This is a necessary scene and literally sets off the entire novel.  In The Fox's Honor, the first scene is the introduction of Devon Rathenberg to the Ball where he meets Tamar.  This is also a necessary scene that drives the rest of the novel.  In The End of Honor, the first scene is a violent, bloody introduction to the novel--that's the kind of scene I recommend.

In my latest novel (not science fiction), the first scene is filled with action and excitement, blood and guts.  That first scene is critical to the entire novel.

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, April 4, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 244 Scenes in Plots

4 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 244 Scenes in Plots

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

I'm not giving this series up quite yet.  I'll review some of what I've already described and tie it together. 

Many of you might not like my method of outlining in scenes.  The reason is that I write scenes based on a theme statement.  The theme statement and my general ideas for the novel are what guide me.  I don't make a detailed outline of the scenes or of the plot.  I don't dissuade you from doing so if it helps you.  If anything, I have written a chapter outline before.  I don't like outlines, and I don't like the constraints of an outline.  I know generally where I want to go, and I know the theme--that's enough for me.  I do not allow any extraneous material in my writing because the focus is the scenes, the plot, and the theme.  You might ask, how can that be?  Here's how it works.

The first scene is usually set by the setting, protagonist, and antagonist from the theme statement.  There must always be a reason for the antagonist and the protagonist to be involved--or the protagonist's helper and the protagonist.  In my latest novel (not a science fiction novel), the protagonist's helper is a vampire (she is the reason for the novel), the protagonist is an agent for the organization (a group I developed for my novels based on MI-19 from WWII).  In the initial scene, the protagonist and the protagonist's helper meet.  The protagonist has been shot and is dying. 

The initial scene of every novel must be action packed and filled with excitement--this is the scene that sets off the novel and that makes your readers decide whether to read your book or not.

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, April 3, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 243 Themes to Plots

3 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 243 Themes to Plots

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

I'm not giving this series up quite yet.  I'll review some of what I've already described and tie it together. 

Once you have a theme statement, you can very quickly develop the plot.  Since the theme statement provides you a protagonist, an antagonist, possibly a protagonist's helper, a setting, and an action statement, all you need to do is develop the characters, the setting, and begin to flesh out the sequence of the scenes.  I write using scenes, so with a theme statement, I already have the basis for the first scene.  The first scene leads to each succeeding scene. 

Let me explain in a little more detail.  I write in scenes so the first step is to set the scene.  Since you have a setting in your theme statement, all you have to do is expand this setting.  Setting is the where, when, who, what, and how.  Expanding the setting means that you provide details to the where (the description of the place), the when (the time), who (the description of the characters), the what (the description of the elements of the scene), and the how (this is the action).  Think of scene writing like a play--once you have the basic setting in place, you can begin to move the characters around the setting.  The scene has a beginning and an end.  The end leads into the next scene.  This is how you write a novel or a story.   

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, April 2, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 242 more Themes and Plots

2 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 242 more Themes and Plots

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

I'm not giving this series up quite yet.  I'll review some of what I've already described and tie it together. 

As I noted before, the theme statement must include a science fiction motif, otherwise, why write the story or novel as science fiction.  The theme statement must have an protagonist, should have an antagonist, could have a protagonist's helper, needs a science fiction setting, and must have an action that draws it together.  The action can be science fiction based.  Thus a simple theme statement might be "a space cadet discovers a plot to destroy the world at the international space station."  There, we have a science fiction protagonist, an implied antagonist, a science fiction setting, a science fiction action.  I don't like destroy the world theme, but there is a science fiction theme example.  A non-science fiction theme statement example could be this: a government agent who is mortally wounded and accidentally saved by a vampire girl becomes involved in a supernatural plot in Britain and Ireland.  This is a fantasy/suspense theme, but not a science fiction theme.  Note, there is no science fiction setting or characters.  There is a protagonist's helper that provides a supernatural twist and the action description is supernatural.  I provided this as an example because it is close to the theme statement of the latest novel I'm writing.

The trick in writing science fiction is fir science and second a science fiction theme.  The next step is to turn that theme statement into a plot.  

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, April 1, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 241 Themes and Plots

1 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 241 Themes and Plots

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

I'm not giving this series up quite yet.  I'll review some of what I've already described and tie it together. 

I'll review the main point about themes and plots.  The reason you are writing a science fiction novel is because no other setting will work properly for your theme.  Your theme statement must be a science fiction theme statement--that is, it must have a setting placement that places it in the future.  Here is where the point of all that extrapolation stuff comes in.  The extrapolation of technology allows you to use future technology such that you can write a science fiction theme statement.

As I mentioned before, the theme statement for my Chronicles of the Dragon and Fox novels included the concept of advanced genetic manipulation to allow the development of a leader class of human beings.  This was the basis of the theme statements and the basis for the novels.  Of course, advanced genetic manipulation doesn't exist today and has not existed in human science or technology.  This places the setting for these novels within science fiction. 

The idea here is that the science precedes the theme or the plot.  I think I made this evident before, but that was the main point of explaining the extrapolation of technology.  If you are able to extrapolate technology, you can write a science fiction theme statement, which means you can develop a science fiction plot.

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, March 31, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 240 Writing about the Future

31 March 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 240 Writing about the Future

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

I'm not giving this series up quite yet.  I'll review some of what I've already described and tie it together. 

The main point about writing science fiction is this--you need to know something about science, and you need to understand science.  If you don't, I'm not sure how you can develop a science fiction theme...but in case you do, find someone who does understand science and get them to be a coauthor.  In finding a scientifically knowledgeable coauthor, you will have someone to bounce your theme and plot ideas off of, and you will have someone who can tell you when you are way off base.  I wish Star Trek and Star Wars had had someone who understood science to help them, but alas, it was not to be.

I made the point before, and I mentioned it above--you need to use a science fiction based theme.  I wrote extensively about developing a science fiction theme statement.  The point I made is that you don't write a science fiction story (or novel) just because you want to write one.  You start from a science fiction based theme (a theme that cannot be expressed except through science fiction).  You develop this theme statement into a plot and you write the story line.  I write using scenes and describe my scene writing techniques on another blog at www.novelscene.wordpress.com.  I'm don't use an assembly line technique to write, but I advise a structured and classic approach to writing.  It just works well for me.  

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, March 30, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 239 Extrapolating the Future

30 March 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 239 Extrapolating the Future

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

What will the future look like and how can a science fiction writer extrapolate the future.  I've spent 239 days explaining these ideas.  I'll give it one last recap day to conclude, but I'll spend today going over the point of this whole exercise.

I want to help current and future science fiction writers from producing science fiction that is patently absurd or not based in science (or both).  I made the point that it is impossible to write science fiction without science, and further, to write science fiction, you must be able to extrapolate technology.  Technology is the practical use of science.  It is what your characters in a science fiction universe will use for day to day actions and operations.  The development of this technology must come from the mind of the author through the extrapolation of science into usable technology and then produced in the writing as usable devices.  The example I gave from my own writing was the ebook which I wrote about in 1984 in a book which was eventually published in 2008.

If you want to write science fiction, you must understand and be able to explain science.  It does no good to try to write science fiction if you don't understand science and you can't explain science to others.  My ultimate purpose was to show you how to develop a science fiction theme and turn it into a plot.  I tried to give you many pointers in this direction.

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, March 29, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 238 Future Nations

29 March 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 238 Future Nations

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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.

I am writing about the extrapolation of science and technology to be able to write science fiction.  I made the point that it is almost meaningless to try to fully extrapolate a universe (world) that is 10,000 years in the future (and maybe 1,000 years in the future) without applying some cultural and technological shaping.

By shaping the cultures of your science fiction universe, you can shape the science and technology that is extrapolated.  Here is how I culturally shaped the universe of The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox to make the 10,000 year extrapolation work.

So, I don't think we can count on the USA producing another real space program any time soon.  It is in an exploratory death spiral and will likely not pull out without some great changes.  Europe isn't heading that direction either.  Russia doesn't have the prerequisite wealth, freedom, or desire.  China has some possibility, but without wealth in the hands of the people, freedom, or a strong desire, it doesn't have the capability to succeed in space.

A nation that will move into space will look like the USA during the time before Johnson.  Before it started to transfer money from the productive to the unproductive.  It will be willing to spend large amounts of money on exploration and technology.  It will work with business without regulating to prevent space flight or space operations.  It will allow the use of surplus and military technology and systems.  Such a nation is not the USA today nor is it Russia or China.  The question isn't what such a nation will look like, but what nation on the globe today can act in such a capacity--perhaps the only hope is writing science fiction and not actual expectation of a future in space.

More tomorrow.

Also remember, I'm trying to show you and give you examples of how to write a science fiction theme statement and turn it into a plot.

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