Climax – Sneaking up on the Climax creativity and Plots, Entertainment and Excitement

27 September 2014, this blog is about writing in scenes.  I’m focusing on the tools to build scenes.  I’ll leave up the parts of a novel because I think this is an important picture for any novelist.  I’m writing about the climax.

1. The beginning
2. The rising action
3. The Climax
4. The falling action
5. The dénouement

Announcement:  By the time you read this, I suspect my series novels, Ancient Light will be published.  Ancient Light includes Aegypt, Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness.  If you are interested in historical/suspense literature, please give my novels a try.  You can read about them at  I’ll keep you updated.

Today’s Blog: The skill of using language in a large degree comes from the ability to put together figures of speech that act as symbols in writing.

Here are my rules of writing:

1. Entertain your readers.
2. Don’t confuse 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 didn’t label most of these paragraphs on writing properly as climax.  Sorry, I’ll try to be more attentive.

I’m writing a novel at this moment that doesn’t have an obvious climax.  I’ve tentatively titled it, Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer.  It is another of my enchantment novels.  It has a lot to do about computers, but more to do with gods and goddesses similar to my other enchantment novels.  The protagonist is Lilly, a super smart but socially inept girl who has latched on to the first boy/man to show her kindness, Dane.  Dane and Lilly go to the same university.  The novel is pretty complex, but to simplify and synopsize:  Lilly and Dane become involved with a transplanted Kami (Japanese god).  Lilly really is special, and the Kami decides to pass his powers to her and the priesthood (Kannushi) of his shrine to Dane.  The setup is fun and obviously entertaining.  The climax is not so obvious.  Perhaps we should start with the theme to define the climax.

I’ll write more tomorrow.

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About L.D. Alford

L. D. Alford is a novelist whose writing explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know. His writing distinctively develops the connections between present events and history—he combines them with threads of reality that bring the past alive. L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he is widely traveled and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Dayton, and is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the USAF Test Pilot School. L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality. He is the author of three historical fiction novels: Centurion, Aegypt, and The Second Mission, and three science fiction novels: The End of Honor, The Fox’s Honor, and A Season of Honor.
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