Writing

Everything begins with writing.  I always think in terms of stories.  “This would be an interesting concept to write a story around”, “what if we flip this concept upside down?”, “let’s play with this cliché”.  Eventually, if the concept is strong enough, it evolves to a point where I can see it becoming a fully-fledged storyline.

This is where most of my storylines are at.  In 2017, I decided to actively push ahead with adding depth by using the Snowflake Method and augmenting it to fit how I work best.

All of these are working titles.

Projects

Current Work In Progress:
Bonds of Blood

BBSFMDoc
55%

 

Other Storylines:

Angelus

ANGSFMDoc
20%

Blood Gods

BGSFMDoc
25%

Days of Might & Magic

DMMSFMDoc
20%

DragonLore

DLSFMDoc
10%

Exception (single-player storyline)

EXCSFMDoc
20%

Hime-less (novel companion for game)

HLSFMDoc
20%

KING (novel companion for game)

KINGSFMDoc
20%

Lament of the Two Trees

LTTSFMDoc
20%

Shinigami Daze

SDSFMDoc
20%

Worldreaver

WRSFMDoc
20%

 

My Version of the Snowflake Method (SFM)

The original SFM contains 10 steps:

  1. One sentence summary of storyline.
  2. One paragraph summary of storyline (including setup, major disasters and ending).
  3. One page summary for each major character (with a set of questions to be answered).
  4. Plotline full pargraphs – expand on each sentence of storyline summary paragraph.
  5. One page descriptions of major characters and half-page descriptions for important characters.
  6. Expand plotline to four pages.
  7. Character charts for each character.
  8. Plotline scene list.
  9. Detailed scene list.
  10. First draft.

However, this list doesn’t include anything about worldbuilding.  I found, while trying to complete the third and fourth step, I needed to know more about my world.  Worldbuilding came naturally, using this template to start and reading this PDF for more information.  I ended up adding a detailed worldbuilding step between 4 and 5, which made the rest of the steps flow better.