While many novel-writing methods encourage a linear outline or skeleton for your novel, in the Snowflake Method you begin with a short summation of your novel and expand it into a full text. Write a single sentence that summarizes your book. This is a hook for your novel -- how you would describe it given 10 or 15 seconds. The rest of your novel will move outward from this sentence.
Trenten June 22, at 5: This is a little more structured than I like to be at the very beginning, but you offered up some crucial tips about what to think about, what to look for, and to create a plot and characters which will keep moving forward.
Reply Jesse Greathouse June 19, at 2: I thought people would find it an interesting read on how I put this theory into practice, and why. Reply A Mansbridge February 7, at 8: I like the steps you use and will aim to utilise this structure to help with my novel outline.
Thank you for making the snowflake method simple to follow. Reply Juliana January 3, at 8: Helped me out alot!
Reply Leena September 7, at I never wrote that story as planned, but Snowflake certainly helped me to make the plot and characters clear in my head. The story line I created with Snowflake for was used as basis of the novel I have now written — I just took another angle to the story.
My writing style is such that the characters seem to surprise me by doing unplanned things and the story goes to quite another direction than my original intention was, but I think the Snowflake is still good to use.
You can tweak your story line later, if necessary, or create a completely new one. For writers whose writing seems to be all over the place, the method can give a nice framework and maybe some discipline to write.
Reply Damian Wojakowski July 22, at 1: I want to add that scrivener eases the snowflake method more than a word software. There was great loss when 1 passed, the other pined and endured greatly within. Are they performing issues for the right factors? Randy Ingermanson March 4, at 2: Glad to see you like my Snowflake method!
When I first posted the Snowflake article on my web site, I had no idea it would become so popular all around the world. I thought a few people might find it interesting. In my opinion, there is no one best way to get your first draft written.
Whatever works for you is what works for you. The value of talking about creative paradigms is that when you see how other writers do it, you sometimes realize that you have other options.
People email me all the time to say that the Snowflake has liberated them—they thought a writer was supposed to just write to a blank page with no preparation. Of course, other writers would feel like the Snowflake is a pair of handcuffs on their creativity—they really need that blank page.
To each his own. Reply clare weiner March 5, at 8: Reply Helena Halme January 31, at I was also surprised to find that you use Word for the writing bit — have you tried Scrivener?
Michael La Ronn January 30, at 5: I think that this is a great starting point for any novel. Reply clare weiner January 30, at 4: It can work well:Want to Learn More About the Snowflake Method?
Check out my best-selling book, How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake initiativeblog.com book is a different kind of teaching tool.
It uses a story to SHOW you how to write a novel, rather than to TELL you how to write a novel. What sets this book apart from others on the subject, for me, is in how the information is presented. Instead of telling the information, the author SHOWS the information in action.
The Snowflake writing system is presented by having the main character, an aspiring novelist, take a class on, you guessed it, the Snowflake Method. Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels and the best-selling book Writing Fiction for Dummies.
He earned a PhD in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and is known around the worlds as “the Snowflake Guy” in honor of his magically powerful Snowflake initiativeblog.coms: The "Snowflake Method" is a novel-writing tool created by novelist/theoretical physicist Randy Ingermanson.
While many novel-writing methods encourage a linear outline or skeleton for your novel, in the Snowflake Method you begin with a short summation of your novel and expand it into a full text. Today I talk to Randy Ingermanson about his book, How to write a novel using the snowflake method, and how it can help those people who fall through the gaps.
Plus, how to write words a day as a habit, dealing with panic disorder and how our flaws contribute to our writing. Is your novel concept special? Big enough to warrant 75, to , words? Powerful enough to hold the reader all the way?
Come up with a story idea laden with conflict—the engine that will drive your plot.