as a beginner fiction writers, I find this book extremely helpful. must read. it help me organize my thoughts and work better. the style is fun and the story is enjoyable. if all writing and literature classes could be like this, we would have many more creative writers.
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Would you try another book from Randy Ingermanson and/or James L. Rubart?
The author and narrator are both proficient, but using the Goldilocks parable to demonstrate how to use the Snowflake Method was condescending and very off-putting.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The technique works. I have the software and was hoping for more in-depth coverage and examples, but the characters - the grumpy Little Pig, breathless Goldilocks and furry-chinned Baby Bear prosing on - were so annoying, I couldn't finish the book and returned it.
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Using a standard lecture delivery approach would have made this book useful. Using cartoonish characters to deliver the author's message wasted my time and spoiled the presentation of key messages.
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Normally I'm a straight to the Info kinda guy, and had I known about the end, I would have probably skipped to it. I'm glad I sat threw every chapter. I even reminded quite a few times. This book has been an extreme help and exactly what I needed. I am so grateful for the sage wisdom with in. worth every cent spent and no regrets.
I am at Chapter 10 and I'm not wanting to stop listening but for now, I must do something else - responsibility calls. The book captivated me from the moment I heard the sample before purchasing. Now having purchased and listened up to this point - I am NOT disappointed, in fact I'm more intrigued than ever. The author is teaching a method of writing a novel but at the same time he is interweaving a novel while at the same time interweaving another novel but NOTHING distracts - it all works together beautifully!!! I just keep thinking as I'm listening, "Wow! So cleaver of this author!" He has made this a very easy listen! I haven't felt at all like I am trying to learn because the book is so entertaining - yet, I am learning a lot! When I have more time, I'm going back (after finishing the book) to make notes. This book totally fits me as a novice writer and one who doesn't like to come up with outlines and other hum-drum writer-processes. He makes it sound so easy and even like fun on those things we must do in order to market, such as the synopsis - which has never been easy for me. Now only ten chapters in, I think I can write my synopsis AND I think I can write my book and make it BETTER than I EVER thought before. I can't sing the praises of this author enough. The reader is VERY GOOD also! He adds to the interest with his style. But, you get to hear him in the book preview. I cannot imagine that at any point in this book I'm going to have less of a great experience than I've had with the first ten chapters.
This book is for children and not for adults. I don’t mind having someone try and teach me a new method by doing so in a story, but the characters in this instruction book/novel are simple and irritating. The lead Goldilocks is beyond annoying with her dumb questions.
Thank you for trying to teach it this way but I don’t appreciate the condescending method.