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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 166, general Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

23 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 166, general Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments.  One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book.  I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

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 purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

I separated discovery from accidental discovery.  I may repeat myself, but I will give some ideas about how to write discovery.  Accidental discovery is the best but not the easiest to pull off.  For example, accidental discovery is when a character's secret is revealed by an unfortunate occurrence.  The classic is the politician's mistress is revealed when they are caught by the press.  Or the politician is caught in a lie.  These are difficult to set up because they may take an entire novel to develop to the point of the accidental discovery.  In many novels, this is the climax or at least a turning point.  A discovery novel, like Dana-ana gives many opportunities for accidental discovery.  In this case, the accidental discovery can be simple and complex.  For example, in Dana-ana, I use more than half the novel building up the relationship Dana-ana has with the Crown in the United Kingdom.  When Dana-ana visits Britain, this comes to a head.  The readers get to see some of the behind the scenes action that eventually spills over to the regular characters.  From that point on, the revelation of Dana-ana moves a pace.  The first part of the novel was a full press setup for the discovery in the second part.  At the same time, there are very simple accidental discoveries during the initial revelation of the character of Dana-ana.

Regular discovery runs along with accidental discovery.  Regular discovery comes about, not by accident, but by purpose.  So, when Byron, the protagonist's helper in Dana-ana is investigating Dana-ana, or when Byron's mother is using her State Department connections to investigate Dana-ana, the resulting discovery are regular discoveries.  Of course, when the State Department sends an agent to speak to Byron's family, that is a bit of general discovery wrapped up in accidental discovery--the investigation took an unexpected turn.

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, September 22, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 165, yet more Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

22 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 165, yet more Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments.  One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book.  I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

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 purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

Like I wrote yesterday, everyone likes discovery novels (and themes), but most writers (artists) approach the theme using an amnesia plot device.  There are other methods of developing discovery theme plots.  I mention some of them in Dana-ana because that's what the other characters begin to imagine.  They think Dana-ana might be a repatriated or protected spy.  A covert agent who was given a past and a place to hide.  They also imagine that she is a time traveler.  She must hide who she is because that would affect time.  They think she could be a criminal.  They imagine she is persecuted, a witness in a witness protection program, etc., etc.  These are all reasons why protagonists might keep quiet about their pasts.  These are all reasons that allow other characters to make discoveries to determine the truth about the protagonist.  In other words, there are many reasons why there can be a discovery theme and plot devices to accentuate such a theme.  I recommend the use of discovery as an idea, a theme and 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

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 164, even more Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

21 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 164, even more Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments.  One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book.  I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

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 purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

I like discovery novels, and I like to include discovery concepts in all my novels.  I'm using my yet unpublished novel, Dana-ana as an example of a discovery novel to show how discovery works.

I mentioned before, that the method of all novels is to reveal the characters and to reveal the plot.  In the case of a "discovery" novel, the revelation of the plot is the revelation of a character, usually the protagonist.  In the case of Dana-ana, the plot is her revelation.  What we see in the contest of the novel is the other characters and especially, the protagonist's helper, determining who and what is Dana-ana.  I won't give any full spoilers, but Dana-ana is everything she appears.

This is a beautiful kind of revelation--where the character is not trying to actively hide anything, but just her existence is mystifying.  Usually people are mundane--you get a few here and there who really are special in some way or another, but usually people are people.  Dana-ana is something else entirely.  This is the foundation for discovery: a person who is unknown, a mystery based on the person, a secret the person holds, a person out of place or time, a person who is unique, a person who is endearing.  Dana-ana is all these things.  Additionally, the novel Dana-ana is a self discovery novel.  Imagine Dana-ana as a person who has amnesia, she doesn't really, but she is discovering things about herself while the characters are discovering information about her.  This is why amnesia based stories are so interesting in literature and popular media.  In an amnesia based story, a character has lost some memories and they, as well as others, are trying to understand who they were.  Unfortunately, because they are so rare in reality, amnesia based themes always seem contrived--a theme like Dana-ana is unique and in this sense not contrived.

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, September 20, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 163, more Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

20 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 163, more Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments.  One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book.  I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

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 purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

My yet unpublished novel, Dana-ana is an example of discovery because it is a novel wholly about discovery.  Valeska is a novel, also about discovery, but the readers know many of the secrets of Valeska at the beginning.  The comparison is between a novel where the readers know the secret (Valeska) and a novel where the readers are as in the dark as most of the characters (Dana-ana).  

Dana-ana is a novel whose protagonist has a great secret.  It is a secret she can't share with anyone at all--she is prevented from sharing anything about her secret.  Dana-ana is about a girl in the modern world who lives life as if she were an Anglo-Saxon woman.  She acts like she is living in the Anglo-Saxon world of almost 1500 years ago.  Even those who befriend her can't figure her out.  Is she mentally ill?  Is she deluded?  Is she under some coercion?  Why won't she conform to the modern world?  Why does she see all aspects of her world from the point of view of an ancient society?

All these questions would be academic, except that the person Dana-ana can speak ancient Anglo-Saxon.  She also know Latin and ancient Norman French.  She knows things only an Anglo-Saxon should know and acts in ways only an Anglo-Saxon would act.  You can see the mystery here, and the reader is as much in the blind as the other characters.  Only Dana-ana knows why she is the way she is and she will not or cannot tell.  

This is a true discovery novel--it is a novel where the readers and the characters slowly learn more and more about the protagonist, but until the end and the climax, they have no real idea who is Dana-ana.  You can see the power of this type of novel.  The use of discovery in this type of novel is critical to the novel and the entertainment in the 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, September 19, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 162, Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

19 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 162, Dana-ana Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments.  One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book.  I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

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 purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

I mention my yet unpublished novel, Dana-ana as an example of discovery because it is a novel wholly about discovery.  This is especially true compared to a novel like Valeska.  There are portions of discovery in Valeska, but not to the degree of Dana-ana.  In Valeska the reader, although, not most of the characters know who and what Valeska/Heidi is.  Valeska  is more of an exploration novel with some discoveries unrelated to the main theme and some discoveries made by characters rather than to readers. 

Here is a very important point about discovery and exploration--there is information known by the characters and not by the readers.  There may be information known to the readers and to some characters that is not known by other characters.  If we realize, a novel is about revelation to the readers and not to anyone else, we can understand some power in discovery and exploration.  For example, in Valeska, I let the reader in on the big secret about Valeska right away--she is a vampire.  Likewise, the reader knows about George Mardling, the protagonist's helper.  George is a real secret agent.  The discovery in the story and the exploration is not focused on these two characters, but rather on other characters they meet.  The ultimate secret in Valeska is who or what is Valeska, but the reader already knows--the reader is already in on the joke (secret), so to speak.  Part of the entertainment comes because the other characters don't have any idea what or who Valeska is, and they all want to know.  The discovery is the discovery of the characters in the novel and not the readers.  On the other hand, Dana-ana is all about the reader's discovery as well as the character's discovery.

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, September 18, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 161, more Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

18 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 161, more Discovery methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments.  One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book.  I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

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 purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

You can also see that discovery is a tension and release developer.  If a character has a secret they don't want discovered and is hiding it, that is tension.  This is a kind of tension that the writer can use through an entire novel.  I've seen this technique used very well is good novels--the idea of a secret the protagonist or the protagonist's helper wants to conceal.  For a very powerful secret, the accidental discovery might be the best means of revelation.  For a simple or a personal secret (one that is important to the holder, but not so important to others), the general discovery might be a better means of revelation.

In my yet unpublished novel, Dana-ana, discovery is a very important part of the character revelation in the novel.  Dana-ana  is a discovery novel.  In the novel, Dana-ana, the protagonist cannot or will not tell anyone about her.  Her background and identity must be "discovered" by those who befriend her.  Those who befriend her also don't realize the extent of the interaction of their lives and history with Dana-ana.  The discovery of who is Dana-ana comes through conversation, exploration, and discovery--along with the other methods listed above.  Since the characters are fully in the mode of discovery, every new discovery is like a new treasure.  Most of the discoveries are made normally and not necessarily accidentally.

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, September 17, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 160, Discover methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

17 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 160, Discover methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments.  One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book.  I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

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 purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There is a lot more to say about exploration, it is a great means of revelation, but I'd like to move on to discovery.  I broke discovery into discovery and accidental discovery.  There isn't much difference between the two, but I think they are worth contemplating. 

Discovery is when an event occurs in the plot that reveals something important about a character--usually something the character didn't want other people to know.  For example, in the newest novel I am writing the protagonist has scars all over her body.  She doesn't want anyone to know she was abused and beaten--she thinks this indicates weakness.  The accidental discovery of this by the protagonist's helper is a revelation discovery.  In Aksinya, Natalya has abuse scars on the backs of her legs and back, they are revealed to Aksinya by the demon.  This is pure discovery--not accidental.  The discovery immediately tells you something about the character.  The demon goes on to tell Aksinya, that Natalya was beaten and beaten before she could come in response to Aksinya's spell. 

Discovery is an important means of revelation.  It is a means that allows the author to show something important about a character through the narrative.

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, September 16, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 159, more Off stage Exploration methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

16 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 159, more Off stage Exploration methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments.  One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book.  I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

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 purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

You can see, exploration is a great means for character revelation.  There are many ways you can deliver this revelation in your novel.  I gave some conversational examples, but imagine a letter, a telegram, a book, the Internet.  In some of my more recent novels, the characters investigate (explore) the protagonist through the Internet.  Usually I use conversation to "reveal" their findings.  For example, in my yet unpublished novel, Khione, Khione is researched by the college students who become involved with her--they discover much that is very interesting and difficult to understand about Khione.  Further research is accomplished "off stage" and reported by email. 

Using modern technology to convey information is an excellent means of reporting exploration and revealing characters.  It is a great means for authors to remind their readers that not everything you read or write in the aether come out right or is correct.  Obfuscation was never so easy.  Still, other forms such as notes, text messages, and phone calls can all be used to provide information and "reveal" the characters.  The purpose, after all, is to reveal the characters--at least to the point required for the novel to progress and to entertain the readers.

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, September 15, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 158, Off stage Exploration methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

15 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 158, Off stage Exploration methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments.  One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book.  I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

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 purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

What about "off stage" exploration?  Usually, this is where a character reports in conversation to another character about what she has discovered about someone else.  I did mention that exploration is a great means of revelation.  You wouldn't want all your revelation to be this way, but this is a great method to share "truthful" information. 

Usually, it is hard to trust information from the mouth of a character, but the impression of exploration and investigation lends a credibility to the information.  Now, it is also true that the information could be entirely false, but that is something an author can use to drive the theme, plot, and storyline.  In my novel, Shadow of Darkness, a yet unpublished Ancient Light novel, the KGB is constantly investigating my protagonist.  She has some idea that she is being investigated, but doesn't care much--that is the way of the Soviet.  I also give you conversations between the leaders of the Soviet agencies and they are discussing my protagonist.  This is the use of on stage conversation to pass on off stage exploration.  Here is an example:


      General of the Army Sergei Nikiforovich Kruglov was the First Deputy People's Commissar of Internal Affairs for the NKVD.  He was a bloodhound faced man with soft soulful eyes, a large nose, and full lips.  His cleft chin almost seemed inopportune at the end of his face since it did not lend any strength to it.  But he was not a man to underestimate.  Viktor Abakumov stepped into the car and sat beside him.  Kruglov tapped the glass and the car began moving, “What is Beria doing with that girl?”

      Abakumov lit a cigarette, “He is playing a game with the offices—setting them up for the event.”

      “Why put this child in this office?”

      “Have you heard her speak?”

      “Bah, Viktor, I have many translators.”

      “None like her.”

      “You hired her, and Beria took her from you to set up this office—Embassy Relations.  What can he have in mind—what could you have in mind?”

      Svetlana Evgenyevna is unbelievable.  She speaks numerous languages.”

      “So do I.”

      “Perfectly!  No accent!  No word out of place.  The minute she speaks, they hang on her every word.”

      “Who listens?”

      “Everyone.”

      Kruglov spat, “Are you in love with the little girl, Viktor?”

      Abakumov laughed out loud, “Quite the contrary.  Bewitched is a better word.  Have you seen her?”

      “No.”

      “You must meet her.  You will, of course, but soon.  She is the most exquisite looking woman you may ever see.  A godlike being, she is so attractive she almost seems to take away your desire with your breath.”

      “I never thought of you as a dreamer, Viktor.”

      “Dreamer, no.  Realist, yes.  I wanted her in SMERSh for the same reason Beria snatched her up.  The minute she speaks, she acquires every man and women’s attention.  Her voice is torn, injured, but it contains such power and authority—they listen, all of them.  She listens to them too.  Almost as though she sees each person to the core of their being.  You must read her reports.  Her assessment of individuals borders on the intimate.”

      Kruglov lit another cigarette, “As you say, I must meet this person.  My question is what will we do with this new office after the event?”

      “We’d be fools to shut it down.  Already Svetlana Evgenyevna is invited to every embassy fete.  They are inviting her to their homes and privately inside the embassies.”

      Kruglov smiled and let out a large breath of smoke, “I see what you mean.  You are receiving reports from this new office?”

      “A few.  Beria is keeping most of them to himself.  I understand those are even more detailed.”

      “After the event, we must see just what secrets Beria has uncovered.”

      “Perhaps we should ask her for a report on Beria.”

      “That is a thought, Viktor.  That is a thought.”


Two highly placed Soviet officials are discussing Sveta, the protagonist of Shadow of Darkness.  This is a report of exploration that occurs off stage, but it also give the reader insight into the characters and the protagonist.

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, September 14, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 157, Tension On stage Exploration methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

14 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 157, Tension On stage Exploration methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments.  One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book.  I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

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 purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

I mentioned yesterday that tension can be easily developed in an "on stage" exploration scene because of the connection of the character being explored to the one providing the information.  If the character providing the information hates the character being explored, you have tension.  If the character providing the information loves the character, you have tension.  Let's see how it plays out in the example.

Here is some more of the "on stage" exploration of Leila from my novel, Valeska:


  
“I don’t remember who signed that paperwork.  I really have no idea.  There isn’t something wrong is there?  Leila isn’t in trouble?”

“No,” George lied, “There isn’t anything wrong at all.  We were just investigating the company for the government.”

“Has the company done that well?”

“Done that well?”

“Certainly, with Leila in charge it should be making a mint.  The reason she put it together was to begin to design weapons.  She was enamored of weapons…especially pistols.”

George leaned forward, “Has Ms. O’Dwyer tried to contact you about Etan Arms?”

“Until you called me, I hadn’t heard a thing about it in ten years.  I wish she would.  I’m an engineer, but I don’t get to play much with new designs or engineering work anymore.  Leila was entirely hands on.  She worked until everything was perfect.  She was hard to get along with sometimes, but…why don’t you talk to Leila yourself?”

George and Scáth glanced at each other.

Mrs. Laighléis leaned forward, “You can’t can you…that’s why you came to me.  She’s off on a tear again.”

“Off on a tear?”

Mrs. Laighléis’ nose turned up slightly, “Oh, yes…off on a tear.  Leila was sixteen, but she was absolutely precocious.  I didn’t realize that until later.  She could drink like a sailor.  She never ran away from university, but I do know she ran away to university…”  Mrs. Laighléis started to laugh.  She didn’t stop for a while, “Leila must have had the most horrible home and relatives--she ran off to university.  When she was twelve, she snuck away from some boarding school in Belfast.  She applied to school using a fake identification.  Her parents didn’t know she was in Dublin for weeks.  When they found out, there was a huge blowup on the campus.  It was really quite hilarious.  Even at twelve, Leila could make herself up to look older.  She was very tall for a girl.  The government got involved somehow, and they put her on a short leash, but she continued at university.  Like I said, I was one of her few friends at university.  When she graduated, she ran off again.  That time British government investigators got involved.”

George carefully kept himself from smiling, “How do you know that?”

“They came to me.  You couldn’t miss their accents, but they stated straight out they were with the British government and looking for her.  Leila wanted to finish her Ph.D. in engineering.  She could have with another year.  I know she was already working on her dissertation.  I hoped she got her company going and was doing well…”             

George stood.  He handed Mrs. Laighléis his card from the Belfast Motor Vehicles Special Division, “That answers our questions for us right now.  If Ms. O’Dwyer contacts you, please give us a call.”

Mrs. Laighléis smiled, “You didn’t answer my question.  Has Leila run away again?  Is her company all right?”

George sighed, “As to both questions, we are looking for her.”

“Is she in trouble?  You’re from an odd government office.”

“Whenever you make weapons, you can always expect the government to be involved and interested.  We are one of those offices.”

“She’s missing, isn’t she?”

“As to that, I’m not at liberty to say.”

Mrs. Laighléis’ features became stern, “I’ll not do anything to hurt her.  Leila always had a hard go at life.  If you saw hope much work she put into everything, and how hard she struggled to keep up, you would realize that.”

“Ms. O’Dwyer isn’t in trouble with the government.  You won’t be hurting her if you tell us where she is or if she contacts you.”

Mrs. Laighléis shook her head, “I’ll not tell you anything.  If she’s hiding, she has a good reason to hide.”

George nodded, “Thanks for your time.  I promise you, we are trying to help her.”

Mrs. Laighléis stood abruptly, “It was a pleasure to speak about Leila.  I hope you don’t find her, and I hope Etan Arms is doing well.”

As they walked out the door, George called back, “Very well, good day.”  The door shut hard enough to bring down a small cascade of dust.


We get a good deal of information about Leila, but that was my point--and the point of the exploration conversation.  Still, I was able to interpose some tension and a little excitement into the mix--plus you learned a very important piece about Leila--her friends love her.  The reaction of Mrs. Laighléis is insightful because it tells us how she views Leila.  She is a professional woman and professional about her work.  She views Leila as her equal as a person and a professional.  Although George doesn't have anything negative to say about Leila, Mrs. Laighléis is still defensive. 

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, September 13, 2014

Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 156, On stage Exploration methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

13 September 2014, Writing Ideas - Vampire Novel, part 156, On stage Exploration methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: I received the proofs and a three-day deadline to give comments.  One of my regular prepub readers and I went through the three book.  I was able to correct some second edition issues in Aegypt.  The proposed cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

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 purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

Here is some more of the "on stage" exploration of Leila from my novel, Valeska:

 George ducked his head, “Yes, thank you very much.  We just have a couple of questions for you about Etan Arms, a company registered under your name.”


Mrs. Laighléis led them into a very fine parlor.  She pointed to the seats, “Please be seated.  May I offer you tea?”

George put up his hand, “Thank you.  No need.”

Mrs. Laighléis sat down across the tea table from them.  She crossed her legs, “I was very surprised to hear about that company when you called me.”

“Surprised?”

“Yes, surprised that it was still active in my name.”

George folded his hands, “Why is that?”

“Perhaps I should give you a little background.  Ten years ago, Leila O’Dwyer handled all the paperwork for the company.  She set it all up and put it in my name.”

George asked, “Why in your name?”

“Leila O’Dwyer was sixteen at the time.  She couldn’t legally sign the documents or obligate the funds.”

“You did that for her?”

“Yes, I was happy to.”

George folded his hands, “How did you know Ms. O’Dwyer?”

“We went to university together.  We were both in engineering.  She was burning up the program from the moment she arrived.  I was moving at the normal pace.  I wasn’t very wild, and she was underage.  We struck up an uneasy friendship.  She helped me quite a lot.”

“Why was it uneasy?”

“You have to know Leila.  She was just like that.  For example, this company, Etan Arms.  She came to me one afternoon, out of the blue, with a complete incorporation package.  She had everything prepared and ready to sign.  She even had the money.  Everything was in my name, and all I had to do was sign the papers for her.  She even had papers of indemnity that prevented me from being responsible in case something went wrong or the company was sued.”

George scratched his head, “How could she do that?  Who took that responsibility?”

“I don’t remember who signed that paperwork.  I really have no idea.  There isn’t something wrong is there?  Leila isn’t in trouble?”

“No,” George lied, “There isn’t anything wrong at all.  We were just investigating the company for the government.”  

George is looking for Leila. Part of the "exploration" is to find where Leila is, but any amount of information cold be helpful.  Within the conversation, I show you the exploration and the interaction with Mrs. Laighléis.  We will see tomorrow what potentially happens during an exploration.  Remember, in all your scenes, you should have some tension and release--I do.  So you should see a degree of tension from some source in this scene.  I'll give you some hints of what you could see.  For example, if the character who is being asked the information is a good friend of the character being explored, a perception of the investigation could become tense.  Tension and release doesn't just mean tense, but you can see where that might go.  On the other hand, if the character being asked hates the other character, there is some tension.  You didn't think that an exploration scene could be this exciting, did 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