How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

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5 out of 5 stars
By Khoa Ly on 02-01-18

incredibly helpful methods for beginners

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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By Art on 02-23-18

loved it.

stick with it. seemed silly, but ended up brilliant. highly recommend this for writers struggling with their stories.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 08-07-18

Easy to understand "How-to" book...

This is a great beginners book on how to write a novel. It covers the basics of defining your audience, how to properly work out your characters, planning your story, setting up conflicts, etc. The book does a fine job of covering this information in an easily digestible manner.
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. As the information is being presented to the characters by the professor, all of the action going on around them, and the events happening to them provide a wonderful example of the system at work. So, in addition to learning how to write a story, you also get an engaging story that shows the system in action. Presenting the information in this manner made it easy to understand, and helped cement it in my head. Personally, I gained a lot of knowledge on how to write my story in an effective, simple to understand manner.
In addition to the author having an effective book on writing, with an engaging storyline, the narrator did an excellent job of giving each of the characters their own distinct voice, which not every narrator succeeds at. It made the entire book a very enjoyable, easy listen.

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By L. Mastrangelo on 06-18-18

Great content, deplorable narration, silly.

The content is great. It could have been presented better- the fairy tale aspect was a bit silly to me. The worst part of the deal was the horrible narration. Really wooden in parts. completely misunderstood the vocal inflections of the Robin Hood character. At times thought it was a computer voice like Siri. Really bad.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Randall Allen Dunn on 06-13-18

Engaging instruction about how to engage readers!

So helpful and presented in such a brilliant format, through the story of a fairy tale character learning how to find the best writing method for herself. Ingermanson uses the inner story to demonstrate his key points on how to write, keeping things interesting, while giving a fresh perspective on tools for effective writing. He also wisely instructs that it's okay to use only some or none of his instructions if they don't work well (but they do) and find what helps you write effectively and efficiently. Highly recommended for all writers! I listened to the audio book which was also brilliantly narrated by James L. Rubart.

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By Michael on 06-10-18

Amazing this is what I needed

So I've been working on an idea for a SciFi novel for about 10 years now. Over that time I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks, written hundreds of thousands of words, working out characters and bits of plot and some scenes. But this year I finally decided to go for it and I've travelled to South East Asia where I'm using up my savings (but at a lower rate than if I stayed in Australia) and have actually started putting it all together.
I have read some other books on writing and those were good, but didn't quite gel with me. The snowflake ❄ method however is pretty much perfect!

I'd actually read the original snowflake article over a decade ago, but had mostly forgotten about it until now and I wasn't quite sure how to apply it.

Well starting from a single sentence, then going to a one page plot summary, then working out the characters, refining the plot, refining the characters, developing a 4 page summary, working on the scenes, and getting to the point of writing the book. That's awesome.
Of course, I've done an ad-hoc version of this over the years but actually reading and applying this has been great. It also helps me understand why I've not been comfortable just sitting and writing everything out.

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