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NaNo Update: Snowflake Step 3 - Characters

Continuing The Snowflake Method on my unnamed NaNo novel. Is anyone else using the Snowflake Method? The idea is still sketchy, but is beginning to come together.

I’ve realized that I’ll need to tell Malchus’s tale another time. The story begging to be told now is about a Roman, and Malchus was a Jew.
Summary:

Steps One & Two here:

Marcus, 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 Marcus overcome his prejudice and learn scripture from a woman? Marcus 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, Marcus retires to Pompeii - with the church's blessing - to start a new church.

Now onto Step 3 for my two main VP characters. I’m hoping to have an antagonist soon. As usual, I am open to comments, constructive criticism, or other musings.

Step Three: Characters’ Storyline Summary

1. Name
2. One-Sentence summary of storyline
3. Character’s motivation (what does s/he want abstractly?)
4. Character’s goal (what does s/he want concretely?)
5. Character’s conflict (what prevents him/her from reaching goal?)
a.) external conflict
b.) internal conflict
6. Character’s epiphany (what will s/he learn, how will s/he change?)
7. One-Paragraph summary of Character’s storyline



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A.1. Marcus Didius Elerius


2. A Roman soldier converts after witnessing the death of Christ
3. To live righteously
4. To impact the world by following Jesus’s ethic
5. a.) Christians who don’t accept Gentiles; Roman officers who resent ‘traitors’
b.) Marcus’s own ingrained prejudices; confusion with the abrupt paradigm shift; anger/faith issues as he continues to struggle
6. It is possible to make a difference – not by being perfectly pious, but by waking up with the resolve to be a good man that day.
7. Marcus, 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 Marcus overcome his prejudice and learn scripture from a woman? Marcus 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, Marcus retires to Pompeii – with the church’s blessing – to start a new church.


B.1. Gaius Licinius Felix


2. A thief searches for the mother and sister who were sold into slavery.
3. To be wealthy and powerful; to provide a safe home/family
4. To find and buy back his family
5. a.) Gaius is a self-declared enemy of Rome
b.) ‘Every man for himself’ attitude
6. A man prospers by being a faithful steward of his entire earthly family; it is better to live honorably for a noble purpose than to court Fate & Fortune at the expense of others
7. A thief searches for the mother and sister who were sold into slavery. Gaius wants to be a wealthy and powerful citizen who provides a safe family and homelife. If he does find his family, how can he provide that while being a self-proclaimed “Enemy of Rome”? Gaius must not only track them down, but also discover the man he must become in order to win them back.

Comments

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50000_words
Oct. 23rd, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
Oooh! I like your story idea! It sounds really interesting!!

I'm also trying the snowflake method. I love it! But I think I only got to step 5 before I sort of gave up ^ ^() After that step, it's all "take a week and write a four-page summary"...and that's where the incessant fear of over-planning emerges and forces me to stop. Maybe I'll start it up again, but right now I'm focusing on character development.

By the way, step 5 (I think I have it right...) is really really fun!! I learned A LOT about my story doing that step...
ahavah
Oct. 23rd, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
Thanks, 50000. I'm almost at Step 5, but I wanted to figure out my antagonist and work on some more research before continuing too far. That's the thing about Snowflake--with only 10 days to go, I probably won't be able to work through all the steps like they should be. But I have found that it is helping me narrow the focus of my novel and figure out some vague idea of where it will end up.
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