• Title: How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
  • Author: Randy Ingermanson
  • ISBN: 9781937031121
  • Page: 169
  • Format: ebook
  • How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method A Magical Key to Unlock Your Creative WizardAre 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 or
    A Magical Key to Unlock Your Creative WizardAre 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 creativitA Magical Key to Unlock Your Creative WizardAre 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, courageous person.Zany, Over the Top, and Just Plain FunHow 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 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 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 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.

    One Reply to “How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method”

    1. This is my new favorite book, and I'm totally going to use this for every novel for the REST OF MY LIFE.So everyone needs to go read it next time they're plotting a novel. :P

    2. Quick review for a quick refresher read. I picked this up as my first read of the year because of some of the goals I'd set for myself in the new year. Granted, I have my own method of writing that I follow with composing a novel, but I always like to look at other methods and processes, and see how they may work for me.I've known about the Snowflake Method for a while now, but this was my first time perusing this little book with its creative explanation of it. I liked it, even if sometimes the [...]

    3. I'll begin this review by saying that I am a discovery writer. I LOVE beginning with several vivid ideas, then allowing the story to ebb, flow, and take shape as the story grows into a life all it's own. BUT I know this isn't everyone's style. When people ask for writing advice from a panster like myself, it can be hard to know what to say. I don't have a "method" or "system" for my creativity, and I can't offer much more than, "Just write from your heart!" But that doesn't cut it for most peopl [...]

    4. This book is amazingly awesome!I loved the characters and I could totally relate to Goldilocks. ^_^Also, I would have rated this book 4 or 4.5, but two absolutely stunning chapters at the end earned it a full star more! It was a great idea to add these two chapters that we can quickly consult later on and get all the info in one place without having to search through the entire book. Brilliant!I can tell this will quickly become my go-to writing's assistant!

    5. This book is amazing. I have never read such a fun writing book before. Sure I have read other good ones but this one was so engaging. The first more than a half is written as a novel in which the main character is being taught how to outline using the Snowflake Method. It is kind of like you as the reader are also sitting in the class and you can go off to do your homework on your story as the main character does. To give you a bit of an idea the teacher is called Baby Bear and the main charact [...]

    6. 5/5This book.My God.I haven't even started writing a novel using the Snowflake Method (though that will change very soon) and yet I feel this has already helped my craft. (I'm somewhere between a 'pantser' and a 'plotter') From beginning to end I loved every sentence of this and how the steps of the Snowflake was told through a story, rather than presented as dry text. As I said, I haven't used the Snowflake yet. Some of these 10 steps might not work out for me. But one thing is sure: This book [...]

    7. Things I loved about this book: It is a book about writing, so non fiction. But it's also a fairy tale retelling and a murder mystery. And, somehow, that all works. Even if you aren't a plotter, every writer should read this book just to appreciate how hilarious and interesting a book on writing can be. ButI'm afraid I'm not a snowflake method writer. Sorry. Actually, I'm pretty sure my process is the snowflake method done backwards. While I have a ton of writer friends who found this book very [...]

    8. Book Review – How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method Author – Randy IngermansonGenre – Non-fiction, Novel Writing Reference BookFirst Line: Goldilocks had always wanted to write a novel.Review: Mr. Ingermanson not only gives the step-by-step of the Snowflake Method of plotting, but he also gives an example through “story” – the one he’s written along with his explicit detailed steps.I’ve tried a number of ways to write my story and I’m always looking for the one that w [...]

    9. DNF'd for now, at 56%. I wasn't a huge fan, though this book did teach me that I'm more of a pantser than I'd thought.For plotters searching for a new outlining method, you might enjoy this one. :)

    10. I just finished typing up a review for this book and it appears to have been lost. I'll try again although I don't think I have the patience to recreate the whole thing.There are two types of writers, as I understand it, "pantsers" and "planners." Pantsers write by the seats of their respective pants. They just sit down and they write. They do no planning ahead of time no outlining. Planners, of course, plan. They are the opposite of pantsers. They carefully plan out every detail of their novel [...]

    11. Unbelievably useful! After years of writing fiction I thought I had it all figured out but this book is making the process faster and helping me create better stories and characters. I recommend it highly!

    12. Note about the rating: if you find this concept interesting, snatch the book by all means. It's only a depiction of the value that I personally got with it as I've known and applied it before reading the book. I sincerely hope Mr. Ingermanson won't take it as a slight.If you're remotely interested in being a writer but don't know how to construct your writing process, or you're looking to find some ways to tweak an already existing one, this could be a great resource. It brings a new approach th [...]

    13. Recommended for: Aspiring writers who have no problem dreaming up good scenes for their story, but have trouble seeing the big picture, a.k.a. Dramaticus meanderus.There's nothing wrong with the method. It is as it comes advertised- a compromise between detailed outlining and writing by the seat of your pants, between architects and gardeners. Like most systems or strategies for story-writing, one can only try it and see if it works.I give it the 3 stars not because I like the method, but becaus [...]

    14. Excellent book with writing tips in an easy to read parable format. The snowflake method might be for you if you sit between plotting and pantsing.

    15. I have scribbled on and off for years and have an assortment of uncompleted novels which I have lost interest in. The idea of this book appealed to me and when I started reading it I was totally engrossed in it. The author uses fairy tale characters in a writing workshop scenario to demonstrate the ten steps of the snowflake method for planning and drafting a novel.The idea might seem a bit twee but like the famous management book about change 'Who Moved my Cheese?' stories and story book charac [...]

    16. I first encountered the Snowflake Method in the early 2000s, shortly after Randy Ingermanson posted it on his website. I never managed to get through more than the first three steps, but now, many years of writing later, I can see how some of the later steps would be useful. I'm definitely never going to go through them all exactly as written -- you need to customize the process a little bit to make it work, I think. The fairytale/parable framing was charming. I enjoyed the Big Bad Wolf and Robi [...]

    17. I thoroughly enjoyed Randy Ingermanson's twist on a "how-to". The creative way in which he explains the process of planning out a story gave me a different perspective on the process and excites me to start implementing it in my own story. He doesn't make any promises that this method will work for all writers but merely offers this as another approach that may work for some. I think most writers will find value in a least one of the steps of the method.

    18. Very clever!I read this more out of interest than actually looking for something to help me write a book, its something I'd like to have a go at one day but not now. However seeing how logical and simple the snowflake method is actually made me want to have a go at it! Yes the bears etc could annoy you I suppose, I'm a big fan of horror and space operas and didn't find the names off putting at all. Its nice to read a book with easy names rather than an author trying to come up with made up Frenc [...]

    19. Of Kindles, Fairytales, and Snowflakes: Why Randy Ingermanson Might Be the Best Storyteller Ever!Winter is a great time for me to work on my writing skills. The weather prevents outdoor activity (temps barely above freezing today) and the toasty wood fireplace is conducive to creativity. With that in mind, I loaded my Christmas present, a Kindle Fire 6, with several writing craft books - my focus as always on plotting.The first book I opened was Randy Ingermanson’s How to Write a Novel Using t [...]

    20. I was amazed to read this book in one day!At first I couldn't get into the book, and thought about putting it down completely when I reached the stage that the author talked about J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter at times as Harvey Potter! Once I battled with my annoyance and got past these errors, I quite enjoyed reading on. I liked the way the book was presented as a story (full of familiar characters!). It all made perfect sense with some excellent examples on using the Snowflake method. I think I [...]

    21. Kind of cheesy, but chock full of helpful ideas and direction. Helped my writing journey by showing where holes in my planning were. Will definitely utilize this resource many times over.

    22. This book wasn't for me. Not only did I find it unhelpful (too basic), but the cutesy narrative quickly got on my nerves. I picked this up to get some useful writing tips, not to read about Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf. It's the sort of approach that might be effective on people who hate to read, but Mr. Ingermanson is writing specifically to AUTHORS. Besides, by sugar-coating all this "boring" information until it resembles a glazed Krispy Kreme donut dipped in chocolate fudge, what might ha [...]

    23. The most inspiring and most helpful book on writing I've read. I actually got teary-eyed. Finally, here was someone who understood just what I was facing and gave me practical steps to overcome my confusion. I bought the Snowflake software after reading this entertaining analogy. The software gives me structure; I've taken my concept from a one-sentence description to a full-blown synopsis with well-developed characters. I needed someone to hold my hand through the process. Thanks so much, Rand [...]

    24. Although I've been writing for several years, I like to read up on all kinds of writing books. I think this is quite a good book for someone beginning, partially to decide what kind of a writer one is. We've all heard there's the outliner and the pantser. This is a third way, and shows it clearly. I think I'm sort of a fourth way. There are probably as many ways to write as there are writers for each must find his or her way to satisfaction. (I guess, just like life itself.) So, while I find thi [...]

    25. I've been interested in the Snowflake Method for a while and this was a really good expansion on the page about it that Randy Ingermanson has on his website. I'm really keen to give it a try and see which bits work for me

    26. The method seems really great but the book is like it's written for idiots. The paradigms and dramatisation were completely unnecessary, in my opinion.We'll see if the method actually works in November. I'll be using it for NaNoWriMo, using a template for Scrivener.

    27. The parable format is a little goofy at times, but pretty fun for a writing craft book. A short quick read with a good into to a hybrid (plotter-meets-pantser) writing approach.Best For: Beginners

    28. This review is praise for the method as a placeholder for the book, which I have not read yet; the 5-star rating is based on the usefulness of the Snowflake Method by itself.I almost never review something I haven't read, because what's the point? But in this case, the website that houses the Snowflake Method is so helpful, I have mixed feelings. It's a five-star system, to be sure, but I like it for its simplicity. It gets out of the way and lets my brain work. Wouldn't an expanded book be too [...]

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