Ian D Scofield, Writer

Fantasy/Science Fiction/Thriller and Freelance

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NaNoWriMo Start: Chapter 1 of Detective 139

Today’s word count is a little bit behind where it should be on day 2 but I exceeded it on day one.  Day one, I finished with 1945 words.  Want to see where I am at right now?  Take a look at this live tracker:


Later tonight I will get this tracker posted on the page somewhere so you will be able to see it no matter what post or page you are viewing but until then here it is.

Want to read the first chapter of Detective 139?  Here it is below.


Everything around 1138 Sparrow Avenue was typical Seattle behavior. Traffic slugged along, people walked by a couple of blocks away, and birds flew overhead singing their song. Not much distinguished the day from any other in the Central District of Seattle, Washington. In a way the day was normal for Detective Lincoln Thomas too. A veteran of the anti-gang task force, he was used to these kind of raids.

He looked down the block again taking in the neighborhood. A low retaining wall ran down the side of the street that the subject’s side of the street. It would be great for cover. No one in any of the houses appeared to be looking outside. The SWAT team was staging right down the block, getting ready for action.

With luck, no one would know that they were coming. And everyone will stay inside, he added as a side thought. Lookie loos while a raid went down never ended well.

“Zebra 1 to Delta 2, the team is readied up.”

“Copy, Delta 2 to Dispatch, we are rolling.”

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NaNo 2017: Meet Jarson Pike “The Limb Stealer”

With today being Halloween, I thought I would introduce everyone to the killer from Detective 139. This will be my first time writing a character like this so bear with me and expect change. Also, remember that while reading the NaNoWriMo that most of this will be unknown to Detective Lincoln Thomas. Without further ado, let’s meet Jarson Pike, The Limb Stealer.


Jarson has spent the last four years living in a cabin in the woods of the Snoqualmie Pass. The cabin is remote enough to not be bothered but close enough to everywhere that it wasn’t overly suspicious. On the outside, the cabin appears to a passerby as worn down and his truck matched the appearance, an old Ford pick-up truck. Red in color with rust here and there. The appearance of both was just a facade.

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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

NaNoWriMo 2017: Detective 139

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.

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