Snowflake Step One (or, New Project ‘Cuz I’m a Masochist)

Edit: I’ll be making revisions directly on these pages.  As such, I’ll try to keep the actual Snowflake step above the fold, and I’ll bold the new changes.  We’ll see how that works.

The first step of the Snowflake Method involves boiling the story idea down into a one-sentence description, preferably kept under fifteen words.

An airship captain must protect his home from is forced to choose between country and family while battling an evolving, alien threat.

What’s this all about?  Well, it’s December, and time to get writing again!  Yes, I’m a glutton for punishment.

Anyway, I took on NaNoWriMo pretty much in solitude.  I tried to get out to a couple of write-ins, but a combination of social terror and misunderstood directions left me writing by myself through November.  I suppose it’s possible to blame that for my low word count, but that’s neither here nor there.

For December, I’m going to give the Snowflake Method of story outlining a try.  Since this method is broken down into discrete parts and involves a specific timeline, I figured I’d post the results of each step to this site.  I’ll still basically be writing in solitude, but it won’t quite feel like it.  I’m also considering putting up some of the more complete sections of my NaNoWriMo attempt.  We’ll see how that goes.  Feel free to comment and critique any of this.  Thoughts are always welcome.

As for the sentence, I feel like I need another adjective for the captain, and something that indicates that the story is Steampunk (hopefully) and home is a city floating in the ocean, but it’s a start.

Original: An airship captain must protect his home from an evolving, alien threat.

First Revision:  An airship captain is forced to choose between country and family while battling an evolving, alien threat.

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