NaNoPlanMo – Day 4

A Look at the Snowflake Method – Part 3 of 4

Snowflakes 6

Here is the third installment of the ten steps to writing a novel using the Snowflake Method. Steps one through six were posted previously. Here now are steps seven and eight.

Step Seven:  Character Studies. Time to fully flesh out your characters. These studies should contain precise age, history, family dynamic, reactionary and interaction behaviors, methods for achieving goals, life lessons, a detailed biography, and personality. These studies will allow you to focus on the climax and change your character will face.

Step Eight:  Critical Scene Development. Develop critical scenes for your novel and figure out where they will be placed in your plot line.

While there are only ten steps in this method, I can see how it will take some time do them justice. If you read the instructions from the Snowflake website, you’ll see how the originator discusses hours, days, and weeks invested in some of these steps. But, since the focus here is NaNo, I’m going to say that there may not be all that much time. Well, there is at least October to invest if this seems like a good method of planning.

Last two steps tomorrow.


You can find more detailed instructions at the following web address:
Advanced Fiction Writing by Randy Ingermanson.

For the most part, this blog is about reading and writing m/m romances, but there are a few personal reflections, some writerly information, and a bit of writing practice. Thank you for stopping by.

Posted in NaNoPlanMo, NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo 2018, Snowflake Method, writing

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