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Publisher's Summary

Want to write a dynamite novel? 

The secret to writing a dynamite novel is to first write a dynamite scene. Because if you can write one terrific scene, you can write a hundred. And that's a novel.

This is a short book, with just one goal - to teach you the simple principles you can use right now to design a powerful scene before you write it. If you've already written your novel, you can use these same principles to make each scene better. 

About the book

How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method will give you the power tools you need to write scenes that move your reader's emotions.  

You'll learn:  

  • The one thing your reader most desperately wants. And why.
  • How to decide which character should have the point of view.
  • The two kinds of scenes designed to give your reader a powerful emotional experience - and how to know which to use.
  • Five ways to test that your lead character's goal in each scene is perfect.
  • How to end every scene so it leaves your reader wanting more.
  • Why dilemmas are good, and how to know when they're ruining your story.
  • Four ways to know that your character's decision will drive your story forward.
  • How to know when a scene is broken - and how to fix it.
©2018 Randall Ingermanson (P)2018 Randall Ingermanson

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Very helpful!

I listened to this in just two short sessions. The author has an excellent grasp of what makes a scene strong and the various types of scenes needed to keep a story rolling. I especially appreciated the summary chapter at the end that recaps everything taught in the book. The author uses examples from three well-known fiction books, two of which I had not read, but I was still able to follow the teaching easily, and the examples helped me understand the concepts. Highly recommended book for authors of any genre.

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Great addition

This audiobook makes a great addition to any writer's library. I found it informative and entertaining.

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Excellent breakdown of scene-writing

This is a short listen/read, but it is incredibly useful to any author who wants to learn to write stronger scenes. Highly recommended!

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Short, to the point, and highly practical!

I was looking for a book to help me improve my scene-craft as a writer, and this book delivers with a simple, straightforward and no-nonsense system for creating scenes that work for your story, and for making sure the scenes you *do* have are pulling their weight. I found tips that I was immediately able to apply to my current writing project, and it's already making a tremendous difference. I'd recommend this short, easy-to-read book for any fiction writer.

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Excellent and practical!

I was just going to listen to a few minutes of this today, and I ended up listening to the entire book. I have written eighteen traditionally published novels (so far), and I found this book very helpful for honing my craft. There is nothing here that couldn't be easily understood and incorporated by a new writer, too. James L. Rubart's narration is engaging and fits the book perfectly. Highly recommended!

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Not as simply laid out as his earlier books

Since the author's inspiration was Dwight Swain, I have followed him for many years. This book was good in many ways but complicated the simple MRU principles laid forth by Swain. Not my favorite, and I didn't retain anything from it. Ingermanson's snowflake method is great for geniuses, but for me, I could never get the hang of it. To each his own I guess. I like simple.