In my novella, 30 Seconds, I wrote a fun snowball scene that lets my characters unwind from the scary, intense moments they experienced before then. I wholeheartedly believe in taking a step back from the action to let your readers and characters breathe, and if your story is set in winter, a snowball fight could be just the thing.
Here are 5 things to consider if you ever write a snowball fight:
Who is playing in this snowball fight? Are there just two people battling against each other, or is a family divided?
Describe the ground as your characters run from each other and their boots sink into a foot or so of soft snow. Also describe the making of the snowballs, the freezing of unprotected fingers, and the creation a snowball piles.
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3. Hits and Misses
Let your readers know about all the hits and misses; when your hero/heroine gets smacked in the side of the head, the hard and cold impact, and the explosion of snow. Or he/she can see their snowball hit their opponent and cheer in victory. Also tell your readers about the misses. Your hero/heroine could be throwing snowballs one right after the other but not making any contact.
4. What else do they do?
A snowball fight isn’t just about throwing balls of snow. Let your readers in on your hero/heroine’s thoughts to share his/her strategy. Does he/she hide behind something? Run? Or make a stand with an armful of snowballs?
5. Who wins?
How do your characters decide who wins? Does someone forfeit with his/her hands in the air? In 30 Seconds, my character’s snowball fight ends with a kiss, so maybe they are both winners. ;)
QUESTION: Have you ever been in a snowball fight? Tell me about it!