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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire), part 13, more Setting

23 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire), part 13, more Setting

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

Part of the reason to select Gdansk, Poland was personal.  I know the culture, and I know the general area.  I know about the history.  This makes the setting much easier to write about.  The setting is also slightly mysterious and romantic. 

Gdansk is a city on the coast with a strong maritime history.  It also, as I mentioned before, has many important embassies that were established their because of Prussia and because of the Polish reunification following World War Two.  The setting is perfect for an accidental meeting.  It is an old city with the modern mixed in.  It is an important city, but little known by many of my readers.  The lack of familiarity gives it an even greater mysterious flavor.  The city itself has a flavor of the east and a flavor of the west.  It is a kind of crossroads.

I liked the feel of the city and of the environment.  There are other reasons for this place as the initial setting, but that will come out as I describe the novel in more detail. 

With the main characters and the setting, we can begin the novel.  The first step is to develop the initial scene.  The initial scene must be an action oriented scene that grabs the reader and propels them into the novel.

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

More tomorrow.

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire), part 12, Setting

22 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire), part 12, Setting

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

The setting of all novels is critical and flows out of the theme.  Note, the protagonist is an agent and the protagonist's helper is a vampire.  I needed a place where those two could come together naturally.  I also wanted a strong back story.  George Mardling's expertise is in German, Polish, Russian, and other eastern European languages.  That means, in my mind, the vampire should come out of those cultures.  You might ask, did the language expertise come out of the setting or the setting come out of the languages.  Let's say everything came together in a place.  For example, where would you have a vampire come from.  Let's say Transylvania.  That's the old Dracula setting.  Let's break this down a little.  You might find a vampire in an old world east European venue.  I wanted my agent to have a purpose in such an area.  The only city with a high degree of embassies, not in the capital, and that have high British interest, is Gdansk.  Gdansk is important as a city because it has been German and Prussian longer than it has been Polish.  I wanted my vampire to be a girl out of place in the modern world and out of place culturally.  There are reasons for this.  Gdansk is a great old and new city.  There are parts that are ancient and parts that are very modern.  There are German and Polish and Russian influences.  Gdansk, to me, seems like the perfect place for a vampire to accidentally meet an agent.

There...I gave you the setting of the beginning of the novel--Gdansk, Poland.  It was also known as Dansig.  More about the characters and the setting, tomorrow.

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

More tomorrow.

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

Monday, April 21, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 11, yet more Rules for Agents

21 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 11, yet more Rules for Agents

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

George Mardling and his partner David Shear are MI-6 shares from "the organization."  Their apparent purpose is to provide muscle (protection as bodyguards) for the ambassador and the ambassadorial secretary (Sir Rolland).  They are actually both language experts.  George's expertise is in German, Polish, Russian, and some other east European languages.  David's expertise is in Mandarin Chinese.  Since the Chinese, Russian, German, and a host of other foreign embassies to Poland are in Gdansk Poland, it is in the best interests of the British to have covert agents who can listen.  That is just what George and David do--they listen.  The point of their listening is to accidentally, intentionally overhear conversations that might have import to British operations and international relations.  They can be successful because...who would suspect a couple of MI-6 muscle to be able to understand Polish or Russian or Chinese?  This is how this type of agent works.  They hide in plain view. 

There...I gave you the setting of the beginning of the novel--Gdansk, Poland.  It was also known as Dansig.  More about the characters and the setting, tomorrow. 

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

More tomorrow.

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

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 10, more Rules for Agents

20 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 10, more Rules for Agents

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

The agent character starts with an idea.  The agent is a covert agent.  I already have an organization and a protocol for this type of agent.  I've used them and the organization in many of my novels.  So, for this particular agent, I used "the organization."  I already described this agency of the British government and explained that it came from MI-19 after WWII.  My agent is a covert agent who is also a share to MI-6.  MI-6 is the British equivalent to the CIA.  They accomplish spying and work on foreign shores.  James Bond is an MI-6 agent. 

I started with a name for the agent.  I put it together the way I do most of my novels.  I needed a good British name and one I haven't used for a major character before.  I chose George.  For the last name, I chose to use an unusual British name and selected Mardling.  I didn't intend for the name to mean much--it is an nondescript British name.  The character is supposed to be nondescript and at the same time, the protagonist. 

Mr. Mardling was an agent share to MI-6 and with his partner David Shear, they work as muscle (embassy protection) for Sir Rolland.  Sir Rolland is the secretary to the British ambassador in Poland.  That doesn't mean he takes notes, it means that he represents the British ambassador in the more tedious and important behind the scenes meetings.

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

More tomorrow.

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

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 9, Rules for Agents

19 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 9, Rules for Agents

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

Covert operations are those that no one knows you are doing.  Overt operations are those that everyone can guess you are doing.  An overt agent is like James Bond.  James Bond was originally developed as a covert agent, but he really became overt--any agent who is recognized in any way by the enemy has a blown cover.  Most MI agents are overt.  They don't care if the enemy knows who they are.  Their operations don't necessarily depend on them being completely under the radar, but still in the open.  This is true for CIA and FBI agents.  Usually, we refer to covert agents as undercover agents.  The amount of undercover can vary.  For example, the most covert of agents are those who are assigned to embassy staffs to listen and report.  They may be a secretary or a go to boy.  They have a job, that ensures they are near the ambassador or an ambassadorial secretary, but it is unknown that their actual role is intelligence gathering.  They gather information on the words spoken by the target not translated to the ambassador, etc.  They are able to gather information because no one realizes that they understand the language or that their job is intelligence gathering.

This kind of work isn't that exciting, but it is critical.  The other type of covert agent is those who infiltrate an enemy organization or group.  There isn't as much scope in writing about such agents except in very specific circumstances or novels.  For example, if you want to write about the covert operations of the British, your infiltrating agent is either a British citizen from the culture in question or is a turncoat from the other culture, society, or government.  The problem of being a British citizen from the culture in question, from a covert standpoint, is that it is too easy for the enemy to discover.  From the other standpoint, a turncoat is difficult to develop as a pathetic character.  People are not attracted to that type of character.

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

More tomorrow.

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 8, Rules of Agents

18 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 8, Rules of Agents

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

Once we are clear on the rules for the vampire character, we may move to the agent character.  The vampire is a regular vampire--the rules are the classical rules for vampires.  There are some clarifications, but that is about it.  Now, an agent is a different type of character.

In general, there are two types of agents: covert and overt.  Most people are familiar with James Bond as an agent character--James Bond is an overt agent and not a covert agent.  A covert agent is never revealed and no one knows she is there.  An overt agent is obvious and may even carry an ID.  For example an MI-6 or MI-5 agent from Britain or a CIA or OSI agent from the USA.  A covert agent is not known to other agents or other members of a group.

In my novels, I have gone to a lot of trouble to design a British covert agency that I named "the Organization."  It is loosely based on MI-19 which was the foreign language and interrogation branch of the MI structures in World War II.  The organization is a true covert group who provides covert shares to MI-6 and MI-5.  In the organization, there are operatives and agents.  The operatives support the agents and usually don't go on missions.  The agents are always covert and go on missions.  Since I developed this group for my novels, I used it in this vampire novel too.  I'll get into more details.

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

More tomorrow.

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 7, more Rules of Vampires

17 April 2014, Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 7, more Rules of Vampires

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

The point is this, if a vampire is to be a vampire, it must follow the basic characteristics of a vampire.  It doesn't matter if the author wants the characteristics of the vampire to be different than a classic vampire--a vampire is a vampire or it is something else.  An author may clarify the details about a vampire that are not explained in about a classic vampire.

In my vampire novel, I posit that vampires can eat and drink (something other than blood).  In fact, I specify that they only need to hunt for human blood when the moon is full.  During other nights, they eat normal human food.  I further clarify that they are not sexual beings.  This should be obvious, but for some reason the modern and common view of a vampire is that they are sexual beings.  If vampires reproduce through drinking blood, there is not reason for them to have sex.  In my novel, my vampire explains that although they have the plumbing, there is no desire.  Nor should there be.

The reproduction part also needs clarification.  In popular folklore, a vampire just needs to bite a person once to make them a vampire.  If this were true, we'd be up to our ears in vampires.  I clarify that to make a vampire, a vampire must first kill the person by drinking their blood (usually takes more than one vampire or over time), then the vampire provides some of their blood in the veins of the one to be made a vampire.  This gives them a kind of life after death.  It is not a true life, but rather a false life that is missing a key human component.

Notice that all my clarifications don't change or harm the idea of a classical vampire, but that they rather define a vampire and answer some basic questions about vampires.  They also flow from logic about vampires.  For example, you only need sexual desire if you reproduce sexually.  A vampire may have a desire to leave other vampires, but with a creature that lives a very long time without hope, there would be very little reason (other than companionship) for a vampire to reproduce.  In fact, my vampire was made a vampire to be a pet for a master vampire.  That's the backstory setup.

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

More tomorrow.

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

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

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

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

More tomorrow.

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 5

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

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

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

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

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

More tomorrow.

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

Monday, April 14, 2014

Writing Ideas - Characters (Vampire Novel), part 4

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

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

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

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

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

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

More tomorrow.

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

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Writing Ideas - Themes (Vampire Novel), part 3

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

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

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

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

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

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

More tomorrow.

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

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Writing Ideas - Themes (Vampire Novel), part 2

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

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

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

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

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

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

More tomorrow.

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

Friday, April 11, 2014

Writing Ideas - Themes (Vampire Novel), part 1

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

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

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

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

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

More tomorrow.

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 250 Conclusion

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

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All right, let's finish this series up and move on.  The point of science fiction is the science.  If you don't have a clue about science, you shouldn't be writing science fiction.  The trick in getting from fiction to science fiction is the extrapolation of the science to technology and the development of a science fiction theme.

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

More tomorrow.

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

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 249 Continuing Scenes

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

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

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

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

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

More tomorrow.

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

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

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

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

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

More tomorrow.

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

Monday, April 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

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

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

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

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

More tomorrow.

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

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 246 Next Scene

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

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

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

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

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

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

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

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

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

More tomorrow.

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