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This book is amazing. It is a hidden gem and I hope this review helps others give it a chance.
There are three layers to this book - the first layer is that you get to read a novel about a girl who learns how to use the Snowflake method on her own story. You learn right along side Goldilocks without realizing you're learning. The examples she reviews with Baby Bear are just as good as if you went to a conference on your own.
The second layer is seeing the application of the lessons. You realize through the story (for me it was about halfway through) that you are actually seeing a plot line unfold that has nothing to do with the World War II story Goldilocks is writing. You might even realize this is the real example Randy was trying to give, not the WWII romance.
The third is the actual instruction - and let me say, this instruction was so much clearer than what was on the website. Maybe it's because of the first two layers... but I really feel like I learned so much more from this book than others.
Writing books talk about writing like it's the driest thing in the world. Randy's book talks about writing and shows us, three times, that his method works.
I don't know what type of writer you are. Maybe the Snowflake method doesn't work for you. But if you've ever read up on it and it sounded interesting, give this book a shot! It is well worth it.
The book starts out as a story while teaching you the 10 steps to the Snowflake method. So you not only have an entertaining way to learn, but you also get solid examples.
I love the new step 9(it differs from his website).
This book takes the information learned from his website and demonstrates it using the story presented in the beginning of the book. I learned that I didn't fully understand the way it was supposed to work. I also found that I seemed to have been doing it right...I just haven't finished yet.
I found that the main character had the same fears and doubts that I did. Exactly. It was as if Dr. Ingermanson could read my thoughts as I read.
I found it extremely hard to put down. I just purchased this the day before yesterday and i finished it this morning.
After reading this book, I did all ten steps and in just two months and seven days after started my first draft, I finished it. It was 232 double-spaced using 12 Courier New Font. I am currently planning the next one...
I found my own work approach gravitates toward this technique. I'm not thoroughly wedded to it, since I tend to be eclectic in most approaches. I borrow what works for me, discard the rest. In this case, what works for me is the idea of frequently revisiting what I've written to make changes. My first draft is really my fourth or fifth revision for some scenes, my third or fourth for others, etc. My own mental demons will not allow me to just write a "vomit draft" or give me permission to just "write crap" with the intention to revise later. On the other hand, I can get a scene reasonably well-written and move along, fully expecting to come back a few times. Maybe more. And then rewrite even more after the first draft of the manuscript is finished.
If you are not psychologically compelled to Robert Ludlum-like outlines before you start or to writing entirely by the seat of the pants, then I strongly recommend you take a look at the snowflake method.
The only part of the book that got tiresome for me was the allegory throughout of nursery rhyme characters. There will doubtless be readers who think this is witty and enjoyable. Sorry, to me it was a long, self-conscious schtick.
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