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A magical key to unlock your creative wizard
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 10 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, more courageous person.
Zany, over the top, and just plain fun
How 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 listeners 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 listener is most eager to hear it?
Why backtracking is good, even essential.
©2014 Randall Ingermanson (P)2017 Randall Ingermanson
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By Hyacinthe on 12-15-17

Good content, Narrator; Off-putting presentation

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.

Any additional comments?

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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By Mrs. N. Rees on 01-10-18

Excellent x

Easy to understand and implement not to mention entertaining. Highly recommend to any newbie writer x

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By vicky on 12-12-17

this was a great book!

I was surprised how much the book hooked me. very clever way of explaining the Snowflake method within its own story book. I will definitely try to take on the Snowflake method with my first book x

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