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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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What a waste of time

I understand the attempt to tell a story within a story to try to show how to write a novel. That's been done before, however, what made this unbearable was to listen to the narrator change the pitches of his voice to depict the range of nursery rhyme characters stuck in a classroom lead by Baby Bear.
Fighting my way through listening to all of this just to get my credit's worth was brutal, but then to find out that all that was necessary was the final chapter which was summarized point-by-point in a normal voice made me think that there was so much hype and fluff and so little substance.
Just get a hold of the last chapter somewhere online and you'll get the breakdown of the snowflake method.
Take it from the narrator, himself, who admits that the Snowflake Method "just does NOT make good audio".
Wish this was made clear before I made the purchase.
This shouldn't even be listed on Audible for that very reason.

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  • Scott
  • New Jersey
  • 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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  • SydSavvy
  • PARIS, TX, United States
  • 10-03-18

Interesting and Method to Madness

I resisted buying this for awhile, but Finally took the plunge and am glad I did. I was annoyed at first that the method was demonstrated through a story, but it turned out to be an amazing vehicle, giving me a number of Ah-ha! Moments. And FYI, the last chapter explains the method and gives info for where to get the pdf so you can see it with your own eyes. Highly recommend.

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Snowflake Method

This novel was a little weird, but genius in its own way. I wasn't sure what I was reading for a while, but it answered a million questions for me. I would recommend for any up-and-coming writer to read this. It would probably even do seasoned writers a world of good to read this as well. I will definitely save this novel and go back to read/listen to it for reference points in the future. Well worth the read.

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Helps find the path you need

This is all stuff you know, but the book somehow gives you a fresh look to help you organize your thoughts. Helped me with a historical essay I'm writing by ordering my material. Certainly worth the time.

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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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  • 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.