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!

Trapped In A Cellar At Night

This wasn’t the first time I had been trapped inside a _________ , but it was the first time I had to escape in order to save a life. Here’s what happened.

~Writer’s Digest Prompt

Here is another Writer’s Digest prompt.  I would tell you more about it but then I would ruin the twist.

This wasn’t the first time I had been trapped inside a cellar, but it was the first time I had to escape in order to save a life.  Here’s what happened.

As part of my full moon ritual I locked myself into the cellar and was content to wait until the morning when someone would come let me out.  I didn’t want to hurt anyone when I changed.  The power of a werewolf was impressive and in my dog form I could easily kill a human.  I had done it before, before I had decided to lock myself in the cellar on every full moon.

I had just laid down to get comfortable for the change when my finely tuned ears picked up a sound outside of the cellar door.  A woman was in distress.  It sounded like she was fighting with someone and being dragged away.

That was when I heard her yell.  “Help, they are taking me away!  No, I can’t leave.  No, I don’t want to go.”

After a minute, I recognized it as the voice of Agnus, a friend of mine.  Her yells got faint and I began to panic.  Now I needed to escape.

Walking up to the door I pounded on it a few times.  From the other side of the door, I could hear a few voices but I couldn’t make out what they were saying.  I was too focused.  Must get out.

I walked to the other side of the room and scraping my leg against the floor like an animal preparing to charge, I ran at the door.  At first, it felt like the door was going to hold as my body slammed against it.  Then there was a loud crack and I fell out into the open.

Men dressed in white with serious looks on their face waited for me outside the door, as if they knew I was going to try to rescue Agnus.  Before I could move again they were running at me.  One grabbed me under each arm, lifting me from the ground.  I needed to change now, it was the only way I was going to save Agnus.

I felt the hair on my arms start to stand up, the process was starting.  I was going to be able to save her.  Then a needle was roughly jabbed into my forearm.  Fighting became harder.  A few times I almost got the best of my enemy.  Then the world went black.


Sliding my eyes open I tried to move my arms but I couldn’t.  They were held down at the side of the bed.  Had I turned into my wolf form and saved Agnus?  Often, after my turning, I couldn’t remember anything that happened during the full moon.

One of the men in the white clothes came back in and he walked up to the bed that I now realized I was in.  I could read the nameplate he had on his fine white uniform.  Jasper, Orderly.  Liteons Home for the Criminally Insane.