How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson
How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method is Randy Ingermanson's brainchild; a creative, fun technique demonstrated in live, living color. I know Intermanson for his remarkable blog on cause and effect where he brilliantly summarizes the work of Dwight Stone and his protege Jack Bickham.
Ingermanson shows writers how to craft a story by unwinding a story around around a writing class full of interesting animated characters (Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Little Pig, Baby Bear, Goldilocks, Big Bad Wolf, etc.). How better to show writers how to develop a story than to show writers struggling to do just that? Writers should identify with Goldilocks, an aspiring writer who struggles to complete her first book.
While the he takes the fundamentals and teaching serious, by Ingermanson's own admission, the book is "zany, over the top, and fun." Unlike most books on writing, Ingermanson unleashed his own creative juices.
How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method works for thousands of writers such as Elizabeth A. Kirby who read the book and used the technique to pen her first book in her eighties while living in a retirement home.
If you're like me and the pantser plotting just isn't working for you, and the Outlining Plotter (or plodder) isn't, either - here's Option 3, and it's brilliant! If you've got a story you're burning to tell, pantsering and outlining just isn't getting you anywhere except into the thickets of another aimless (doomed) story or novel - take heart. Grab this book - it's the life raft for struggling writers drowning in the cold, choppy waters of (yet another) unpublishable writing mess! --Jacquelyn Elnor Johnson, author
The Snowflake Method reminds me somewhat of John Trudy's The Anatomy of Story. While both methods distinguish themselves from each other, they both view the two traditional alternatives and conclude: "There must be a better way!" How much you embrace either author is up to you, but do youself a favor as a writer and read How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method. For some writers, it is a godsend.
Two Thumbs Up!
Because Randy Ingermanson dared to look outside the box and for the brilliant execution, How to Write Using the Snowflake Method earns a spot among the 12 writing books every author should master.