Creativity – Character and Theme to Plot

30 December 2015, 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 creativity.

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

Announcement:   Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy.  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 http://www.ancientlight.com.  I’ll keep you updated.

Today’s Blog: The skill of using language 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.

Creativity is the extrapolation of older ideas to form new ones or to present old ideas in a new form. It is a reflection of something new created with ties to the history, science, and logic (the intellect).  Creativity requires consuming, thinking, and producing.

Scene development:

  1. Scene input (easy)
  2. Scene output (a little harder)
  3. Scene setting (basic stuff)
  4. Creativity (creative elements of the scene)
  5. Tension (development of creative elements to build excitement)
  6. Release (climax of creative elements)

Did you catch the secret? The telic flaw of the character is usually based in the pathos of the character. The telic flaw is the basis of the theme—overcome or not. Therefore, the pathos of the character should lead directly to the theme. The theme builds the plot…before you know it, you have a novel.

Here is a new way of developing a novel idea. If you can develop a pathetic character, you can build a novel around that character. This is basically my favorite way of approaching a novel. I like to envision a character that I can then write into a novel. The trick becomes the development of the character. Many of my characters are born this way.

For example, Lilly from Lilly: Enchantment and the Computer. Lilly is a genius computer hacker who is living on the street so she can afford to go to college. She doesn’t know anything better. Lilly is a pathetic character. She is caught when she uses another person’s account to buy food—and she is rescued by Dane. Lilly’s telic flaw is her poverty and her reasons for her poverty. Dane makes it possible for Lilly to be free from her past. The theme of the novel follows with this idea—the plot, not so much. Still, the power of redemption is taking a character like Lily and making her right again.

I’ll write more tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:

http://www.ancientlight.com
www.aegyptnovel.com
http://www.sisteroflight.com
http://www.sisterofdarkness.com
www.centurionnovel.com
www.thesecondmission.com
www.theendofhonor.com
www.thefoxshonor.com
www.aseasonofhonor.com

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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