I know I have a well earned reputation for being a pants’er, meaning I just start writing – no plan, just go go go (by the seat of my pants, hence the moniker,) but I have spent the past few weeks pondering my new novel, Blood Lust, using the Snowflake method. No guarantees, but I feel better about this novel than any before, so perhaps the physicist who came up with the method was onto something. To point: I now have the basic plot of a two-act story, with a start, middle and finish.
That’s never happened at this point of the game before, at least for me.
And, now I am working through the character studies of the protagonist, the big boss antagonist (thanks, Kristen Lamb ) and the (somewhat) love interest. No worries, this isn’t turning into a Harlequin romance, though I would love the sales and marketing support of “that” company.
One of the first things you accomplish when using the snowflake method is create what could eventually be the back cover blurb. Here’s mine, at least so far. Everything is subject to revision.
The one sentence description: An out of work salesman must rescue his former boss from a cult of vampires.
(Is it vampire or vampyre? There seems to be a growing connotation that vampires are mythical, but vampyres are actual humans with peculiar culinary tastes…)
The story arc paragraph: After recently being laid off from a low level job in sales, Bick Parker decides to start a new life as a private investigator, only to have his now former boss and old flame Laska Smyth become his first client. Investigating his old company, Bick confronts a clique of senior executives, a group of sexual predators who, believing they are a new generation of vampire, has taken his client to be the sacrificial wife for their leader. The private eye, his desire for Laska now rekindled, goes undercover to infiltrate the blood thirsty brood, but is eventually double crossed and taken prisoner. Bick is eventually faced with making a life or death decision: escape to alert authorities, possibly stopping the cult, or survive the blood ritual required to join the cult and thus saving Laska’s life in return. In the end, the former salesman turns the tables on his captors, using greed and jealousy like farmers’ tools to cultivate unlikely allies among the vampires, allowing his and Laska’s escape.
It has a ways to go, but at least progress has been made. And for a writer, that is the daily goal.
For those working on their craft, keep going. I read your stuff every time you post and enjoy all of it.