†††††††††† Talk Description
†††††††††††† In relation to the teachings of the esoteric philosopher: G. I. Gurdjieff, Colin Wilson wrote in The War on Sleep †††††††††††† that all human activity INCLUDING the construction of novels is subject to the Law of Octaves. He argued that †††††††††††† lack of awareness of this principle may produce an end result that is very different from the authorís original
†††††††††††† intent. Hence, even though the work may have a brilliant beginning, it is likely to break up in the middle and
†††††††††††† end poorly or, indeed, not get completed at all.
†††††††††††† This talk will develop the theme of compliance with natural law in terms of the crucial opening lines, the so †††††††††††† called hook, the narrative structure and the need for a satisfactory ending. Particular emphasis will be placed on
†††††††††††† the shocks required to transcend the intervals (semi-tones in the octave) and maintain the readerís interest.††
†††††††††††† The rather mysterious creative process of the concept for the novel will be discussed.
†††††††††††† Effective techniques for depicting place and time, memorable characters and dialogue will be overviewed.††††††††††
†††††††††††† Extracts from Somerset Maughamís classic The Razorís Edge will be offered by way of illustration.
†††††††††††† The use of the Amazonís CreateSpace for online self-publishing will be demonstrated. Marketing will be
†††††††††††† The talk will be supported with a Powerpoint presentation including audio and video clips. It is scheduled to last †††††††††††† for 40 minutes after which there will be a short question and answer session.