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.
Current Work In Progress:
Bonds of Blood
Days of Might & Magic
Exception (single-player storyline)
Hime-less (novel companion for game)
KING (novel companion for game)
Lament of the Two Trees
My Version of the Snowflake Method (SFM)
The original SFM contains 10 steps:
- One sentence summary of storyline.
- One paragraph summary of storyline (including setup, major disasters and ending).
- One page summary for each major character (with a set of questions to be answered).
- Plotline full pargraphs – expand on each sentence of storyline summary paragraph.
- One page descriptions of major characters and half-page descriptions for important characters.
- Expand plotline to four pages.
- Character charts for each character.
- Plotline scene list.
- Detailed scene list.
- 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.