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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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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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  • Florida
  • 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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  • Scott
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  • 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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A Highly Effective Novel Writing Method

Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method is an effective tool for plotting and writing novels.
I love the literal novel approach as in this story is written like a fiction book.
James L. Rubart, a talented author in his own right is an equally great narrator.
A must read for anyone who wants to write a book or improve their writing craft.

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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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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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  • Michael
  • Klemzig, Australia
  • 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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Teaching by Example

This book is a parable—a teaching mode that works brilliantly in short form but often strains credulity at book length. But Ingermanson makes this work because the story he uses to frame the lessons also demonstrates the lessons. So by the time you reach the end, you not only have the principles of the Snowflake Method, you’ve seen them applied.

I appreciate that Ingermanson emphasizes that this is just one method, and a writer may find some parts useful and others not. That was the case for me; I wind up using a hybrid of this method and others.

Ingermanson doesn’t plug his app, but I will: the Snowflake Pro app allows one to easily apply these principles, and I can verify that it works on MacOS High Sierra.

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Excellent resource and great narration

Randy knows writing and teaches in a way that is easy to understand. Jim is a fabulous narrator. This is a gem. If you're a writer, you need this book.

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You either love it or hate it

Very informative, but it is a story you'll have to listen to rather than something like a teacher giving a lecture. I thought it made it easy and had some funny parts. Using children's story characters made sense in order to capture a greater audience as most people are familiar with the characters and their personalities, but I can see how it could feel childlike or condescending. Again, though, the logic of the method does make good sense and allowd you to feel a little more organized in writing your book and thinking about your goals, while still allowing creative thought.

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  • S. Browne
  • 04-03-18

Inspirational

This is a great listen for all aspiring novelists who want to write their book

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  • Mrs. N. Rees
  • 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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  • SK8LING
  • 07-10-18

Somebody Hand Me A Flamethrower

The sample didn't seem so bad but hours and hours of it?! Oh. My. Dog. TORTURE, this was. Goldilocks is a such an annoying whiny jerk drama queen with a SERIOUS personality disorder, her classmates are no better and Baby Bear is so obviously a drug addict.
There's some good advice here couched in a whole lot of mind-numbing drivel; you might want to take quick notes from the get go so you NEVER have to endure this book again - go straight to chapter 20 where the whole thing is summarised. Better yet, go to the author's website advanced fiction writing dot com where it's all written down. Face palm.
Borrow it from the library if you're still curious, but I seriously do not recommend buying it. A fictional curse on everyone who raves about it.

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  • RhonaF
  • 05-28-18

what a great book...

step by step for a complete novice like myself..takes you through the process witj a completely engaging story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-18

good advice

A great method for putting a book together. Set alongside a story, which may put some off. Skip to chapter 19 for straight talking guidance. Overall though some good advice

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  • vicky
  • 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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  • Heikki P.
  • 03-22-18

Childish story that outlines the method in detail.

This book was entertaining and also somewhat exhausting to listen while commuting. The message is wrapped around characters of various children's fairytales, which make it a bit weird, but which at the same time enlightens the listener about the method. Recommend it to people to find out more about how Snowflake method can be used in your writing.