Snowflaking Detective 139 (Snowflake Method)

In the past, I did an article where I used the snowflake method to start really simple and build up on a description of the story.  I took Detective 139 and did the same.  I started with one sentence and went all the way up to a one-page description.

Remember that this is still very early on in the story writing process and there might be multiple changes made throughout writing.  Take a look at the various different stages of brainstorming.  Don’t forget to click Read More to see the three paragraph and whole page!


One Sentence

Detective 139 is the story of Detective Lincoln Thomas who loses both his partner and life spirals down from there, until he takes a mandated vacation which isn’t as innocent as the psychologist thought.

One Paragraph

Detective Lincoln Thomas is getting ready to serve a warrant as part of anti-gang task force when his partner takes a shotgun blast that also wounds Lincoln.  His partner is dead before she hits the ground but he is able to crawl back wounded.  A year after the incident a department psychologist orders that Lincoln go on vacation.  When a dead body turns up the morning after he gets there, he knows that his vacation won’t be all peaceful.

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Detective 139 Character – Detective Lincoln Thomas

NaNoWriMo 2017 is getting even closer, and as it gets closer I have prepared even more for the process of writing. I want to have as much background done as possible before November comes so that I can spend the majority of my time writing. Today we are going to talk about the main character, Lincoln Thomas. I filled out a character sheet like I talked about in the Snowflake Method post I did and here is a quick sample from it.

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Detective 139 Setting

As I posted about Sunday, my NaNoWriMo novel this year is about a police detective who undergoes a tragedy with his partner during a gang bust. I originally got the idea for this story when I found an entry listing for mystery short story. They wanted a story based in either Seattle or Spokane. I started writing Detective 139 until I hit a patch of writer’s block. When I went back to find the entry listing again, I couldn’t find it.

I always liked the idea I had for Detective 139 so I decided to bring it back for NaNoWriMo. Here is a little bit about the setting of Detective 139.

The story starts out in a part of Seattle that is known for both the good and the bad, the Central District. While we don’t see much of the area, we get the few moments before the raid on a gang house. In real life, the Central District is full of many people who are great and wonderful but at the same time, there are also a handful of the bad ones. Some houses in the area are run down. Flophouse isn’t exactly what you would picture the target house but that is what it is.

Seattle is only the start of Detective 139, the real setting is Sun Mountain Hotel. Sun Mountain Hotel is a fictional hotel that sits in the Snoqualmie Pass. During the summer it is a fun place to go hiking and explore but during the winter is when it really starts to become a fun place. Seattle doesn’t have much of a Christmas, so when he is ordered to go on a vacation, Lincoln chooses Sun Mountain Hotel.

Driving up to the hotel/spa is just a good example of how dangerous the trip is going to be. Covered in snow, the road is slippery and enough of a distraction by itself, but when you factor in the constantly falling snow that is so thick you can barely see in front of you, driving is the last thing you want to do. But on a divided highway, there isn’t much of an option.

Rumor has it that Sun Mountain Hotel is supposed to be a luxurious place that people go for vacation. But Lincoln finds the place to be far from that. The lobby of the hotel looks like it hasn’t been cleaned all day. The staff look like they are trying to handle too many things at one time. One thing does win out though, at least the building itself holds that luxurious feeling. That is until you go to a floor. Hallways in the hotel are just like any other hotel and the rooms are nice, but nothing too special.

Outside of the hotel there is a land of snow. Some of the hotel guests have crafted paths around the hotel in the snow but there are trails that are not explained by the guests. Whether they are from animals or something more sinister, who knows? Exploring the high mountain paths and trails can be extremely dangerous in the weather that is coming down.

This is what I have for the setting so far. Of course, it will continue to develop as I write and you will get to experience that with regular updates. In the next preparation post you will learn more about Detective Lincoln Thomas. Keep your eyes open for that post!

NaNoWriMo 2017: Detective 139

NaNoWriMo 2017

There are 10 days left until the start of November, and you know what that means! NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is almost back. With that, I am doing some prep work to prepare myself for the difficulties of this month. Balancing two jobs and a 50,000 word manuscript.

Every November, novelists and writers from around the world take time out of their month to write at least 50,000 words. A short novel. If you complete all 50,000 words in one month, you win. While you might not win anything tangible, you win the ability to say you created something in one month. Something that means something to you. For several years now I have participated in this adventure and I have to say, it is one of the most enjoyable writing experiences I have ever had. So just like the past years, I am going to participate this year too.

This year I am writing a detective thriller type book that I have been thinking of and have tried writing a couple of times before. With the planning and the time limit, I believe that this time I can make it come to fruition. In case you didn’t get it, the title of the novel is Detective 139. The title comes from Detective Lincoln Thomas’s unit number. Want to know a little bit about the story?

During a gang drug bust, Detective Lincoln Thomas’s partner is shot and killed. Lincoln himself is severely injured. After performing a lateral transfer to the Washington State Troopers, his girlfriend leaving him, and dropping out of contact with all his old friends, Lincoln still isn’t completely recovered. A department mandated psychologist orders Lincoln to take a vacation. But vacation isn’t always crime free.

Trapped by the snow in the Sun Mountain hotel, when a murder happens, Lincoln is the only law enforcement officer around. Not just that, the woman murdered is a friend of a girl he met at the hotel bar the night before. Can Lincoln solve the crime or will there be more deaths? Will one of them be his own?

So join me as I put pen to paper (or in this case fingers to keys) in order to create Detective 139. I will be posting regular updates here on the book along with planning material and other information about my progress.

If you are looking for the NaNoWriMo website, you can find it here.  If you want to see the page for my novel in particular it is here.  But just remember, I can’t start writing until November.