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Monday, December 22, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 256, Climax Development, How to Develop Storyline

22 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 256, Climax Development, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

I looked at each of the elements of the novel that come out of the theme statement for the novel.  I mentioned the climax, but I didn't go into any details.  I'll move on to that part of the novel.  We saw how the theme statement can be used to devise the setting, the initial scene, the protagonist, the protagonist's helper, and the antagonist.  I mentioned that the climax, in this theme statement, is obvious.  The climax isn't obvious in every theme statement--notably the theme statements of both Valeska and Lilly do not define the climax well.  In this novel, the climax is part of the action word in the theme--escape.

The climax of this new novel must be an escape--or a tragic failure to escape.  The climax isn't necessarily set, but the concept of the climax is set.  The focus of the writing of this novel will be aimed toward escape.  The writing will move the characters in such a way that they will attempt to escape the nation of Freedom (the setting).  Specifically, this climax defines the entire novel--to be trite, this is an escape novel.  The characters, the setting, the initial scene, and the antagonist all point to escape. 
             
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, December 21, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 255, Novel Development, Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

21 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 255, Novel Development, Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

It's kind of funny that when I started this series I was writing about Valseka.  That novel is long finished, and I've already written one other, Lilly, and started on a third--the dystopian novel I've been writing about.  The ideas come almost faster than I can get them on paper.  The worst is that in contemplating the novels and the writing, I lose some of the details I've designed in my mind.  The reason I mention this is that I'm using my own advice on developing a novel--the advice I've been sharing here for a few years.  As I write my techniques down, I gain a greater and greater appreciation for the need to organize and properly develop a novel.  I'm showing how you can bring a novel into existence from a simple theme statement.  The theme statement I've been using is the one just above.  I should probably clean out the Valeska information, but I haven't developed the publishing information yet for Lilly.  I haven't had the time to even compile Lilly into a single document for my readers and publisher.  When I have an opportunity, I'll show you the advertising and presentation information.

I'll get back to the details tomorrow, but I wanted to mention that using the ideas I've been describing for you allows me to build a novel very quickly.  I don't use or advocate any kind of template, but rather, classical design of a novel using time tested methods to organize, develop, and begin writing a novel.  I wish I'd known these ideas when I wrote my first novel.  As I wrote, these are classic methods for novel development--the only problem is that few people teach how to write a novel.  I developed these ideas from classes and experience I had in evaluating classical literature--what worked for the masters certainly can work for you and me.  Ill not say writing any novel is easy, but it certainly is easier when you understand the basic elements, how to begin, and where you are going.
             
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, December 20, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 254, more Plot Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

20 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 254, more Plot Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

In the land of Freedom, the fictional country where my newest novel is set, the people are controlled through a death-punishment concept with an incentive of addicting drugs and small awards.  If a citizen's value becomes too low, or they commit a crime, their organs and/or endocrine fluids will be harvested.  They don't use anesthetics.  The point of the society is to keep your value high enough so you are worth more than the value of your organs.  We will also discover that organs are harvested based on blood and genetic type for transplants to the Party members. In this case, value may have little effect.  What the Party members want, they get.  You can see his is the typical socialistic society where the winners are chosen through political connections.  In this case, like the Soviet Union or Communist China, the Party members are born to their positions.

Death-punishment is the punishment side of the incentives--you go to the hospital and don't return.  The incentive side is very simple.  At the bottom end, each citizen is provided a euphoric drug.  The drugs are of a few types, but have the same basic addictive properties.  They also have other drugs in them to effect population and social control.  For example, the greens provide birth control, removal of sexual desire, passivity, and the euphoric effects.  All normal citizens get the greens.  Browns are for specials and provide increased sense acuity and the euphoria.  Blues are given t the reproducing partners.  They get rid of the birth control and removal of sexual desire, but keep the passivity and the euphoric effects.  The small awards are given to only the top performers in the nation--patriotic medals.


             
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, December 19, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 253, Plot Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

19 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 253, Plot Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

In my newest novel, working name Escape, about the nation Freedom, I am showing an extrapolation of a completely beneficent socialistic culture.  What happens when the state takes care of everyone and everything belongs to the state.  This isn't so odd an extrapolation as it might sound.  The old Soviet Union and the Communist Chinese, to name two nations that were exactly this way.  People can't imagine the horrors of such a society. 

I set my new novel in the future on another planet--just for grins.  This future technology allows greater control of the citizens than the Soviet Union or Communist China could accomplish.  Technology allows the simple control of the citizens through drugs, computer tracking, social conditioning, and a death punishment structure.  The lack of a complete death-punishment structure is the only thing that prevented the Soviet Union or Communist China from fully controlling their states.  Also the inability to value citizens based on their capabilities and work hampered them.  Both nations collapsed because the paperwork of keeping track of these details destroyed them.  The Soviet Union just became another socialistic Western nation, and China became a controlled economy market that faces collapse every ten years.  Time will tell if a modern nation can break the bonds of private property and rights to take complete control of every aspect of the lives of their citizens.
             
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, December 18, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 252, even more Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

18 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 252, even more Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

Right now, I'm writing this new novel from the point of view (POV) of the protagonist's helper Scott Phillips.  Scott is the pilot who's cargo shuttle emergency landed on the island nation of Freedom.  Scott is an adventurous character and one not prone to follow rules very well.  You can already see he is going to have problems in Freedom--that is if Reb (Rebecka) can't help him control his impulses.  Remember, however, that Reb will do anything to escape Freedom.  She is very intelligent, but she hasn't had to use her intelligence to do much more than develop colors and scents for Freedom.

That's where Scott comes in.  Any protagonist's helper is supposed to showcase and help reveal the protagonist.  Scott's purpose will to do that, but also to, for lack of a better word, corrupt her to true Freedom.  His job will be to point out the differences between Freedom and true freedom.  This won't be hard to do, but the lessons are more than intellectual.  The experience of the protagonist and the protagonist's helper will become the experience of the reader in this novel.  I want the reader to viscerally feel the horror of Freedom--and I don't mean this allegorically.  Freedom, the nation, is the exact opposite of freedom the concept.  To the point that Reb's only possession is an ink pen she stole as a child.
             
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, December 17, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 251, still more Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

17 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 251, still more Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

The development of a friend or lover is one of the best types of revelation in any novel.  That's why so many kids and young adult novels are about friends and friendship and so many adult and young adult novels are about love.  The development of love is a powerful human revelation.  Here is where I can help you see how character revelation works in a novel.  Note that the author has already "developed" the love relationship for the novel.  The author knows how the relationship has already developed--the point of the writing is to reveal that already developed relationship.  The point is the revelation and not the development.  To the reader, the revelation looks like a development, but it is simply a revelation of what the author has already determined. 

In any novel, the relationship between the protagonist and the protagonist's helper can be already developed (complete) or it can be developing.  In either case, the author shows us the relationship by revealing it in the novel.  In the case of the novel I am writing right now, the protagonist and the protagonist's helper meet for the first time after an aircraft accident.  They have never seen each other before.  The point of this novel is to reveal their developing relationship.
             
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, December 16, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 250, more Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

16 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 250, more Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

The protagonist's helper is likely the most important character, next to the protagonist, in a novel.  There is a joke in Japan that to have a good Manga (graphic novel/comic) you need a girl, her best friend, and a bad guy.  The point is that the best friend (protagonist's helper) allows a revelation of the protagonist because the friend provides a mirror to the soul of the protagonist.  The best friend knows the protagonist best.  It also allows some mystery--because who really is the protagonist's helper?

The protagonist's helper is always some slight mystery.  The protagonist is revealed--the protagonist's helper stays somewhat in the background.  In writing, you might not have understood or fully comprehended the importance of the protagonist's helper.  They are the lovers, best friends, comrades, etc. of the protagonist.  In my new novel, my protagonist's helper will begin as the rescue, then friend, then lover of my 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

Monday, December 15, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 249, Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

15 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 249, Protagonist's Helper Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

I'll move on to the protagonist's helper.  I've mentioned before, an opposite sex protagonist's helper in an adult novel immediately gives you a love interest.  A same sex protagonist's helper gives you a sidekick or friend.  As my experience with writing has grown, so has my realization of the importance of the protagonist's helper.  I would say that in modern novels, the protagonist's helper is a much more important character than the antagonist.  All three of these characters are necessary to a novel, but the antagonist can be abstract and general, while the protagonist helper cannot.  The protagonist's helper allows the revelation of the protagonist in ways the antagonist can never do.

Imagine, the protagonist and the protagonist's helper can engage almost at will in conversation the author can use to reveal them.  Very few conversations between the protagonist and the antagonist can be used to directly reveal those characters.  The interaction of those characters in the narration can be used to reveal, but the conversation between an antagonist and a protagonist is more likely to be filled with half-truths, lies, and intentional obscuration.  Depending on the novel, the antagonist might be torturing the protagonist.  This is definitely true about this novel that I'm writing.  The antagonist is a fascist government with a supreme leader.  The protagonist's helper is a stranded pilot.
             
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, December 14, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 248, even more Theme Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

14 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 248, even more Theme Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

Although the theme statement of the new novel I'm discussing does not include anything spiritual, the human journey and a journey to escape tyranny could be seen as a spiritual theme.  At the very least, it could be seen as an allegory.  And why not?  The point of writing a novel is to entertain.  Humans engage the world on many levels.  The primary is the physical.  The next is the intellectual or thoughts.  The last is the spiritual. How can there be entertainment without engaging all three levels in a novel. 

If you will note, some of the most popular novels today have some degree of spirituality.  The magic kid's novel is all about the spiritual.  The sparkly vampires are all about the spiritual.  Humans seek the spiritual.  You can dress this up as the meaning of life or the purpose of life or their purpose in life, but the actuality is that each human is seeking his of her place in the world.  I call that a spiritual search--others don't.  In any case, I intend to introduce a spiritual theme to this new dystopian novel.  I want that theme to enliven my characters and encourage my 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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 247, more Theme Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

13 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 247, more Theme Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

A critical question for all people is: what is the meaning of life?  This is ultimately a spiritual question.  People will always be asking this question.  That's why Dune is such a great novel.  Dune is one of the few science fiction novels that doesn't ignore the place of the spiritual in its created world.  In my opinion, Dune shouldn't be unique.  The problem is the modern novel and not the very few that actually engage in issues and ideas that are important to real people.  This is especially true today. 

The way I plan to engage the spiritual in my new dystopian science fiction novel is to have the protagonist ask to look through the protagonist's helper's survival kit.  The company places a New Testament in every survival kit.  The nation of Freedom doesn't allow its citizens books.  The protagonist, Reb, will want to read the book and ask the protagonist's helper about it.  This is a simple means to inject a spiritual idea into the novel.  The point is to provide all the elements of a normal society.  I know many intellectuals reject religious or spiritual concepts and ideas, but that doesn't mean they aren't important to a majority of people.  It also doesn't mean writers should ignore them.
             
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, December 12, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 246, Theme Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

12 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 246, Theme Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

If you are familiar with my novels, you know I always have some spiritual theme or subtheme in them.  My Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox novels probably have the least spiritual theme in them.  They are my early novels and before I really began to understand the craft.  They are still a fun read and have strong ethical elements in them.

The reason I want t include spiritual themes in my fiction and especially my science fiction is because this is an area most science fiction and modern writers ignore.  More than 80 percent of the people in the Western World believe in God, and a relatively high percentage of those either have or participate in some kind of worship of the deity or a deity.  As a young person, the assumption about the future is that everyone will be an atheist--science will disprove God.  I think this is a very foolish idea.  The future, just like the past, will have gross similarities with today.  You find a very vibrant religious environment in modern America and the world.  That environment will not dry up just because of he future and new technology.  I suspect it will become more and more important as people become disconnected from others and their families.  Prisoners become more attached to the spiritual, why shouldn't isolated people do the same?

For these reasons, I want to bring a spiritual element into this new science fiction 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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 245, yet more Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

11 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 245, yet more Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

I named my protagonist V10+S10 537 Rebecka.  She has visual acuity and accuracy ten plus--that's ten times greater than the average human (she would say citizen).  He sense of smell is ten times the acuity and accuracy of a normal human.  She was bred for these skills, and she uses them to develop scents and colors for the nation of Freedom.  What she doesn't know, but she will discover is that she is the designer of whole fashion and scent lines for the party members of Freedom.  While Reb (short for Rebecka, Reb=Rebel, get it), wins citizen medals for developing colors and scents, the party members of Freedom use her scents and colors in their extravagant luxury items. 

I think I will drive this home when Reb and Scott are walking through the capital of Freedom.  She will look into a shop front window and see her color and scent combination trumpeted as the color and scent of the year.  The credit will be given to the party leader for the development center.  I'm not sure how I'll have her handle it.  She could just go rigid as she contemplates what is going on.  Or she could have an outburst--or both.  Maybe the or both would be great for her.  She didn't like her society before Scott came--I want her to absolutely despise it by the time they escape--or not.  I want the reader to feel her pain and suffering.  She dedicated her labor to doing what she loved to do, but the nation took the credit and gave her cheap plastic (synthetic) medals.    
             
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, December 10, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 244, still more Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

10 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 244, still more Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

The edge in my protagonist is that she will do anything to escape the nation she in in.  She has no knowledge about anywhere else--she will learn from my protagonist's helper.  Still, she realizes the oppression of her society, and she longs for something more.  I need to build so sense of how she concluded this, but I intend to make this a revelation novel.  She and the protagonist's helper will confront many issues in Freedom (the nation) that will bring home the fascist nature of the place.

The culture is militaristic and what the citizens don't realize is that they work to keep he few--the party in power and in great wealth.  The slogans of the place speak about wealth as evil and poverty as good--like all socialistic and communistic regimes, the party lives in elegance and wealth while the "citizens" live in controlled poverty.  This is the power of this kind of dystopian 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

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 243, more Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

9 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 243, more Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I started writing on my newest novel.  Here is the theme statement: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

I plan to make the girl in my novel the protagonist.  I want a really edgy protagonist--not that my other protagonists aren't very edgy.  They all are.  I want this one to be really out there.  She will do anything to escape the place she is in.  The nation is called Freedom and it has anything but Freedom.  I decided to name my protagonist V10+S10537 Rebecka.  The name means visual acuity ten plus scent acuity ten number 537, and her given name is Rebecka.  Rebecka because all the children in her series were named with an R.  Rebecka works at the development center.  Her specialty is the ability to match colors to a ten plus accuracy and a scent to a ten.  This means that she was bred for these skills.  In her society, the "citizens" are all bred and developed for specific skills.

I wanted her name to be Rebecka so her nickname is Reb.  She is a kind of rebel.  Unfortunately, in her society, rebellion and rebels are handled very easily, they are sent to the hospital.  Anyone who goes to the hospital doesn't return.  It is a place like the people's asylums of the Soviet Union--except--the hospital puts out organs and human endocrine fluids.  When you go to the hospital, you either end up being harvested for organs or being harvested for your fluids and tissues.  Not so nice a place to go.  The culture's motto is recycle, reuse, reduce, and they take it very seriously.     
             
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, December 8, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 242, Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

8 December 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 242, Protagonist Characters and Plot, How to Develop Storyline

Announcement: My new novels should be available from any webseller or can be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore.  Information can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  Check out my novels--I think you'll really enjoy them.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
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: while on assignment in Gdansk, Poland, an agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

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

I haven't started writing yet, but I have a theme statement for my next novel: a girl in a fascist island nation will do anything to escape--a young cargo ferry pilot not following the rules crashes on the island.

This theme statement lends itself well to each part of the development of a novel.  Note, there is a setting, an initial scene, protagonist, protagonist helper, antagonist, and the climax is obvious.  Let's talk about each.

Let's look at the protagonist and then the protagonist's helper.  I suspect I will make the protagonist the girl and the protagonist's helper the guy, but I'll show the story from the protagonist's helper's point of view (POV).  I've done this in my latest novels and I like the way it works.  There is great power in having a POV completely outside that of the protagonist.  This lends credibility to the story in ways a first person or a normal third person protagonist POV will not.  This goes back to what I wrote about character revelation.  A character revelation from the POV of the protagonist has less credibility than that of an outside POV.  Character revelation from a fist person POV is definitely worthless--with the omniscient view required of the first person, the entire truth is all there is or the reader never knows what is really true--the first person might lie or be insane or be deluded.  Like I wrote before, from an outside POV, the actions of the protagonist become truth--from an internal POV, they are always questionable.

The POV of the protagonist helper gives a realistic view of the protagonist, at least from the standpoint of the protagonist's helper.  I like slightly distanced protagonist's helpers--this provides a good separation that gives a strong impression of truth to the reader.
             
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