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NaNoWriMo Update: The Snowflake Method

In an attempt to get some planning done, I have begun working with The Snowflake Method. I haven't even read the whole thing, as I'm taking it one step at a time. Consequently, all items are subject to change as I learn more about it myself.

Step One: A One-Sentence Summary

A Roman soldier converts after witnessing the death of Christ.

Step Two: Expand that sentence into a full

paragraph describing the story setup, major

disasters, and ending of the book.

Malchus, a Roman soldier, gives up his sword and attempts to convert after witnessing the death of Christ. He wants to live righteously, but realizes he doesn't know what that means. The disciples won't teach a Gentile, but can Malchus overcome his prejudice and learn scripture from a woman? Malchus must survive assassination attempts and religious persecution to realize his dream of preaching God's Word. After losing all his earthly treasures in the burning of Rome, Malchus retires to Pompeii - with the church's blessing - to start a new church.

I haven't decided if he'll really end up in Pompeii or not. I'll try to get some character info set up with Step 3, but I am still figuring out who my main characters will be. I have a few ideas, and hopefully they'll blossom soon.


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Oct. 18th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Your story sounds quite interesting. I'm friending you to keep tabs on it. ♥
Oct. 19th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, Nikolai! I'll return the favor.
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Oct. 19th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
You've got to be kidding me. Really? Egads--it's too late for me to try to do something different now.

I guess this guy's story just needs to be told.

If you pick it up again this year, we'll have to have the friendly NaNo competition going on. Then, I suppose it'd be a mad race to the publishers.

I realized I can't actually use Malchus for what I wanted to do because he was Jewish, not Roman. I decided to go ahead and create a Roman soldier and stick with that. So now I was contemplating using the fellow who pierces Jesus's side. Was that you, too?

Well let's hope you don't have an unlucky thief who thinks he's lucky, your MC learning the Good News from Mary Magdalene, Rome burning, and a denouement in Pompeii...

Although, wouldn't that be something if you did?

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