How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
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A Magical Key to Unlock Your Creative Wizard
Are you writing a novel, but having trouble getting your first draft written? You’ve heard of “outlining,” but that sounds too rigid for you. You’ve heard of “organic writing,” but that seems a bit squishy to you.
Take a look at the wildly popular Snowflake Method—a battle-tested series of ten steps that jump-start your creativity and help you quickly map out your story. All around the world, novelists are using the Snowflake Method right now to ignite their imaginations and get their first drafts down on paper.
In this book, you’ll follow the story of a fictitious novelist as she learns to tap into the amazing power of the Snowflake Method. Almost magically, she finds her story growing from a simple idea into a deep and powerful novel. And she finds her novel changing her—turning her into a stronger, more courageous person.
Zany, Over the Top, and Just Plain Fun
How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method is a “business parable”—a how-to guide written in story form. It’s zany. It’s over the top. It’s just plain fun. Most important, it’s effective, because it shows you, rather than telling you.
You’ll learn by example how to grow your story idea into a sizzling first draft.
* How to define your “target audience” the right way, so you know exactly how your ideal readers think and feel. Forget what the experts tell you about “demographics.”
* How to create a dynamite selling tool that will instantly tell people whether they’ll love your story or hate it. And you want them to either love it or hate it.
* How to get inside the skin of every one of your characters—even your villain. Especially your villain.
* How to find a deep, emotively powerful theme for your story. Do you know the one best point in your novel to unveil your theme—when your reader is most eager to hear it?
* How to know when to backtrack, and why backtracking is essential to writing great fiction.
* How to fire-test each scene to guarantee it’ll be high-impact—before you write it.
Excerpt from Chapter 1:
Goldilocks had always wanted to write a novel.
She learned to read before she went to kindergarten.
In grade school, she always had her nose in a book.
In junior high, the other kids thought she was weird, because she actually liked reading those dusty old novels in literature class.
All through high school, Goldilocks dreamed of writing a book of her own someday.
But when she went to college, her parents persuaded her to study something practical.
Goldilocks hated practical, and secretly she kept reading novels. But she was a very obedient girl, so she did what her parents told her. She got a very practical degree in marketing.
After college, she got a job that bored her to tears—but at least it was practical.
Then she got married, and within a few years, she had two children, a girl and then a boy. She quit her job to devote full time to them.
As the children grew, Goldilocks took great joy in introducing them to the stories she had loved as a child.
When her son went off to kindergarten, Goldilocks thought about looking for a job. But her resume now had a seven-year hole in it, and her practical skills were long out of date.
The only jobs Goldilocks could qualify for were minimum wage.
She suddenly realized that being practical had made her horribly unhappy.
On a whim, Goldilocks decided to do the one thing she had always wanted more than anything else—she was finally going to write a novel.
She didn’t care if it was impractical.
She didn’t care if nobody would ever read her novel.
She was going to do it just because she wanted to.
For the first time in years, she was going to do something just for herself.
And nobody was going to stop her.
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I Finally Get IT!
I stumbled upon Randy’s Snowflake Method about a year or so ago. Since then I’ve read his book “Writing Fiction For Dummies” and the novel he co-authored with John Olson called “Oxygen” that was written using the Snowflake Method and was recommended as a learning tool. It was an awesome novel and showed me that I REALLY should give the Snowflake Method a shot. I tried several times but it just didn’t “click.”
I didn’t give up on writing my novel. I kept trying and reading things that I hoped would help me progress in my goal. As I was looking for more novel writing tips I discovered that Randy had written this little parable about an author who used the Snowflake Method. I immediately purchased it in hopes that I would figure out what I was missing.
This little story is awesome! Not only is it entertaining (I’m 44 and I actually LIKED reading about Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf) but it is very educational. It was like actually being at this fictional writer’s conference and hanging out with Goldilocks as she figured things out.
Several times during the book I was so inspired I put it down and started working on my novel, but eventually I couldn’t stand the suspense and just had to finish reading the darn story so that I could find out what happened. Now I’m going through it again, making notes and using the tips in this book as I work on my novel with renewed fervor.
Long story short, while I don’t have a novel yet I have a MUCH better grasp of the Snowflake Method - and a much better idea of how to craft a kick-butt novel.
For those who want to write, READ THIS BOOK. Then snag a copy of “Oxygen” to read an amazing full-length novel that was written using the Snowflake Method.
I liked this book much better than the “Writing Fiction For Dummies” though I liked that one as well. It has all of the meat and the fluff is more educational (and entertaining) than traditional “how-to” books.
Outstanding how-to guide on writing
I have started writing three books and am always looking for smarter ways to organize my thoughts from using Scrivener and Dramatica to test prepared by such authors as Dr. Ingermanson — “How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method” was one of the easiest and enjoyable documents that I have come acrosss that puts into the easiest language possible the steps an aspiring author must navagate through in order to write a novel. I was explaining the book to my wife one day as we were driving in the car and she was so entertained that she wanted to read the whold thing. My hat is off to Dr. Ingermanson — Great job maing the steps so much fun to follow!! Highly Recommend!! Gratitude