Writing—So You Want to be a Writer, Current Novel, Novel Length Ideas, Release

1 April 2020, 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 how to begin and write a novel.

  1. The initial scene
  2. The rising action scenes
  3. The climax scene
  4. The falling action scene(s)
  5. The dénouement scene(s)


Announcement:   I need a new publisher.  Ancient Light has been delayed due to the economy, and it may not be published.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 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.

Short digression:  In Kansas.

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.

4a. Show what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted on the stage of the novel.

  1. 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:

Here is the beginning of the scene development method from the outline:


  1. Scene input (comes from the previous scene output or is an initial scene)
  2. Write the scene setting (place, time, stuff, and characters)
  3. Imagine the output, creative elements, plot, telic flaw resolution (climax) and develop the tension and release.
  4. Write the scene using the output and creative elements to build the tension.
  5. Write the release
  6. Write the kicker


First step of writing—enjoy writing.  Writing is a chore—especially if you don’t know what you are doing, and you don’t know where you are going.  Let me help you with that.


I’m currently writing a novel that is a little difficult to explain.  It’s a reflected worldview novel so it includes fairy creatures, British mythical beings and gods, and a vampire.  It is an adult novel, but is set in a girl’s boarding school in Saint Malo France.  The initial scene was based on another novel titled Deidre: Enchantment and the School.


What I’ll do now is focus on the details of words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes on entertainment.  I can assure you if these are right, the other parts will be too.


I’ve been looking at scenes and especially themes for scenes and themes for novels.  The point of all of this is entertainment.  The question now is how to develop a novel length idea—this is the ultimate question I’ve been trying to help you with.


Below is the question for the current novel I’m writing.


What would happen if a royal heir was banished from England for having a supernatural heritage and kept imprisoned in a convent was released in the modern era?


Here is the theme statement:


Deirdre and Sorcha are redirected to French finishing school where they discover difficult mysteries, people, and events.


You can see there are real differences between the question and the theme statement.  I really can’t show you how to write a question per se.  The question is just a question.  It’s directly related to the plot.  I can show you how to write a theme statement.


The theme statement sets you up to write the initial scene, but here is where real creativity must prevail.  The initial scene more than any other scene in a novel is the most important and creative.  I always start the creation of my novels, now, with an initial scene.


When I was writing about creativity before, the following is what I concluded.  I thought that this was such a great conclusion that I retained it in the notes above.  Let me repeat it again:


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.


So, with an idea for a new character, a Bean-Tighe, with a description, and a connection to the novel—the protagonist’s helper, I can move forward with how to introduce this character into the novel.


I’ve included more of the conversation moving from the tension to the release in the scene.


Deirdre stepped up to the girl.  She watched and moved carefully.  She placed her coat on the girl’s shoulders.  The moment the coat touched her body, there was a blaze of golden light all around them.  Deirdre felt warmth course through her body.  The hairs on the back of her neck stood up.  Though she stood in a cold cellar, she felt suddenly warm and safe.

The girl put her hands over her face and began to sob, “You are so kind to me.  You are my mistress and my family.  You will give me a place.  Where you are, I am.”  She smiled between her tears, “My name is Glenda it means clean and good, but I’m allowed only one syllable so you should call me Glen or Da.  Now, you must tell me your name, mistress.”

Deirdre could not stop her words.  They flowed out of her mouth as though she had suddenly lost control of her lips and tongue, “I am named Deirdre Oighrig Calloway, but you must call me Deirdre Bolang or just Deirdre.”

The girl’s eyes widened, “Calloway.  Then you must be related to The White Lady.  We are well met Deirdre Oighrig Calloway.  I shall call you mistress or Mistress Deirdre.  I shall henceforth be Glenda Calloway-Eile, for I am adopted into your household.  You must choose what you shall call me, mistress.”

“Well, Glen sounds too much like a boy’s name and you are much too beautiful to be called that, so I shall call you Da.”

The girl grabbed Deirdre’s hands, “I shall be Da for all time.  Your Da, and your servant.  Please promise to leave me much to do in your house dear mistress.”

Above them, they heard loud clomping of shoes and louder voices calling for Deirdre.

Deirdre cupped her hands and responded, “I’m down here in the cellar.”

Da turned and put her arms around Deirdre.  Her grasp was strong, but also gentle, Deirdre barely felt her touch.  Da smiled she put her hand in Deirdre’s and made a sign with the other, “I shall let the world run apace, and the darkness and silence be natural again.”

The darkness in the cellar changed immediately.  Deirdre could see around her as though her eyes suddenly adjusted to the light.  Down through the broken cellar door flew Iris.  The moment Iris’ eyes lit on Da, she stopped.  Da raised her hand and Iris flinched.

If you didn’t know, a gift is a big deal to the Fae—at least in myth.  Further, naming I all societies and cultures is important.  There is a large amount of data in these few sentences of conversation that I don’t expand on or draw out.  I do further and later in the novel.  These are so-called secrets that I as an author develop and use through the rest of the novel.  Some are obvious and some are not so obvious.  The naming tells anyone who knows about Deirdre or about Da their relationship and their status.  At least it tells the knowing.  This is something to be used for tension development through the rest of the novel.


The next point, as I mentioned, is to move from the initial scene to the next scene.  We’ll get more to this.


The most important thing for the scene is developing the entertainment in the scene.


I’ll write more tomorrow.

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










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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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