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How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"Writing gurus come and go, but there will always be Randy Ingermanson at the center of that small universe of those who enter this arena. With his Snowflake approach having become an enduring and universally-valued window into the way stories are built, Randy has the unique claim to having changed the game for writers while raising the bar for aspiring teachers, as well." -- Larry Brooks, bestselling author of Story Engineering
"Randy's snowflake method has helped tens of thousands of writers formulate their ideas and get their thoughts on paper. With an engineer's precision, he pinpoints specific principles that identify weaknesses in stories and guides you through a process to solve them." -- Steven James, bestselling author of Troubleshooting Your Novel
"Randy Ingermanson knows the terrain of structure, and is a sure-footed guide to the mountain regions of solid, salable fiction." -- James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Write Your Novel From the Middle
From the Author
I wrote and wrote and wrote, but after a couple of years, I admitted that something was missing. I could write action and dialogue and all that.
But my scenes weren't working. And I couldn't figure out why. Then I discovered Dwight Swain's classic book, Techniques of the Selling Writer.
Dwight's book changed my life, practically overnight. I now understood what made scenes work and how to fix them when they were broken. I went on to get published, to win many awards, and to build a fan base of excited readers.
And I also became a fiction-writing teacher known all around the world. One of the things I'm famous for is my teaching on how to write emotively-powerful scenes. Scenes that move a reader. Scenes that sell books.
I learned most of what I know of scene structure from Dwight Swain. Of course I've added a number of my own ideas--but I'm standing on the shoulders of a giant. I wish you great success in your writing, and I expect you'll add your own insights to the grand tradition I inherited from Professor Swain, which I now pass on to you.
- File size : 1528 KB
- Publication date : May 18, 2018
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- ASIN : B07CLT4QPQ
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 145 pages
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Publisher : Ingermanson Communications, Inc.; 1st edition (May 18, 2018)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,133 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, I became somewhat disenchanted around chapter 13 because the format wasn't how I expected. In the first book, Randy broke down an entire novel into 10 simple steps. At the end of each chapter, you knew exactly what to do. It's not like that with this book. I wished that Randy offered more concise steps about scene construction. Overall, it's worth the $2.99.
There's two other books I wish to include about scenes. One is "How To Write That Scene: Professional Techniques For Fiction Authors," by Rayne Hall and "Make a Scene: Writing a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time" by Jordan Rosenfeld. Those books coupled with this will give you much confidence with creating all types of scenes.
THIS IS THE BEST Book ever. I've read over a hundred writing books and many articles on story telling and writing scenes.
This here is the secret sauce.
I have to say, this is THE book. I was hooked from the beginning and my god. MY FREAKING GOD
THIS is the ULTIMATE Key.
I'm a picky reader. Very picky. And this is top notch.
If I could give this book 100 stars I'd do it in a heartbeat.
My only criticism of this book is that it is really, in the end, more about "How to Tell if You Have Written a Dynamite Scene" than "How to Write One." Bu it is so important for an author to be able to triage his/her scenes - and at the end of the book, the Ingermanson focuses exactly on that. If the book was titled and structured entirely around triage, I would have given it 5 stars. As it is, it contains straightforward and wonderful advice, and I can still wholeheartedly recommend it. And really, when you think about it, telling someone how to triage a scene is pretty damn close to helping them write it in the first place.
I liked how he remained consistent with examples from novels throughout the book. Every concept you learn he reinforces with examples from three popular books, which was helpful in seeing the technique in action.
This is the kind of book I'd like to see more of: small chunks of craft that are focused on so you aren't wading through a tom that includes everything about writing. I'm looking forward to what is next.
I know I like a fiction how-to when I find it inspirational, meaning that it makes me want to immediately put what it teaches into practice. I also like it when such a book is practical in its advice. This book does all that and more, especially at the end in Chapter 14, where Randy discusses triage. The book had me thinking about how I would apply what was being taught to some short stories of my own, especially one that an award-winning editor called "good, just not irresistible," and yet that story has garnered nothing but rejection after rejection. This book gives me the confidence that I can remedy that story's problems.