How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing Book 1)
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 creativ ...more
So everyone needs to go read it next time they're plotting a novel. :P
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 nov ...more
To give you a bit of an idea the teacher is called Baby Bear and the main charact ...more
Author – Randy Ingermanson
Genre – Non-fiction, Novel Writing Reference Book
First 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 will tip the scale ...more
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.
I'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 ve ...more
I appreciate that Ingermanson emphasizes that this is just one method, and a writer may find some parts useful and others not. That was the case for me; ...more
For plotters searching for a new outlining method, you might enjoy this one. :)
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 th...more
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 ...more
The idea might seem a bit twee but like the famous management book about change 'Who Moved my Cheese?' stories and story book charac ...more
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 ...more
The fairytale/parable framing was charming. I enjoyed the Big Bad Wolf and Robi ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
We'll see if the method actually works in November. I'll be using it for NaNoWriMo, using a template for Scrivener.
I've published 6 novels and won about a dozen awards for my writing. I'm a theoretical physicist with a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. I publish the world's largest electronic newsletter on how to write fiction. I run the software divisio ...more