A Look at the Snowflake Method – Part 1 of 4
I recently ran across a method of novel planning called the Snowflake Method. I’d heard of it before, but never seen what it is. It takes a seemingly complex task and breaks it down into ten steps. Ten. Short. Sweet. Steps. Of course, each successive step is more involved than the one before it, but there are only ten. Not only that, but it’s a solid plan for mapping out your novel. Here, very briefly, are the first three steps.
Step One: Write a Novel Summary Sentence. This is a one sentence summary that states the central theme as well as the personal element of your story. The instructions say that this sentence should be no more than 15 words.
Step Two: Write a Novel Summary Paragraph. Using your Novel Summary Sentence as a starting point, expand your ideas to a paragraph that includes the central plot, cirises and a possible resolution. This paragraph should contain no more than 5 sentences. Use one for background, one for each crisis and one for the resolution.
Step Three: Characters Summation. Write a one page summary for each main character. Include name, plot line, motivation, goal, conflict, and their ultimate lesson for the novel.
More steps tomorrow.
You can find more detailed instructions at the following web address:
Advanced Fiction Writing by Randy Ingermanson.
- URL: https://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/
- Website Title: Advanced Fiction Writing
- Article Title: How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method
- Date Accessed: October 01, 2018