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How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method | Randy Ingermanson
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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 Methodten battle-tested 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. 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 herinto 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 parablea how-to guide written in story form. It's zany. It's over the top. It's just plain fun. It shows you how it's done, rather than tells you. You'll learn by example how to grow your story idea into a sizzling first draft. You'll discover: 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 love it or hate it. How to get inside the skin of each of your characterseven your villain. Especially your villain. How to find a deep, emotively powerful theme for your story. Do you know the best point in your novel to unveil your theme? How to know when to backtrack, and why backtracking is essential to writing great fiction. How to fire-test each scene to ensure it's high-impactbefore you write it. ExcerptGoldilocks 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 tearsbut 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 elseshe 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 plan to trial this writing method and I feel it‘ll work for me. Pictured are some of the aspects of novel writing structure this book covers. In the book, you learn roughly how long each step takes, so I added notes about that, for quick reference.

I liked how the author created a story about Goldilocks trying to write a novel. This made it an enjoyable, relatable read. This author also wrote Writing Fiction For Dummies.

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I‘m in a hurry to finish this book, simply because I‘m so keen to try this writing method. This book has forced me to think deeper about my plot, my characters and particularly my villains. I would recommend this to all fiction writers, yes, even the pantsers. Why? Because it teaches the reader lots of useful things about what makes a story great. Once I‘ve finished it I‘ll give a proper review.

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You can't have a story about somebody who is trying to achieve world peace. You can have a story about somebody who's trying to eliminate all nuclear weapons from the planet. That's a goal – it's simple, concrete, important, difficult, and just possibly achievable.

#createexploreread #amwriting #writingtips #snowflakemethod #randyingermanson

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