- Series: Advanced Fiction Writing
- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500574058
- ISBN-13: 978-1500574055
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (402 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 18, 2014
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About the Author
Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels and the best-selling book Writing Fiction for Dummies. He earned a PhD in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and is known around the worlds as “the Snowflake Guy” in honor of his magically powerful Snowflake Method. Randy lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and daughters, where he attends to the needs of three surly and demanding cats. Visit Randy at AdvancedFictionWriting.com.
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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.
Today I talk about a small book called “How to write a novel using the Snowflake Method” by Randy Ingermanson. This presents a combination of outlining and organic writing.
He uses the metaphor of Goldilocks at a writers conference to present his ideas. Goldlilocks always wanted to be a writer, but she was trapped in the practical career, the caring for her children, and in general following the good advice people gave to her about her jobs and careers.
She goes to a writers conference and with baby bear finds a style just right for her.
The method is using a mathematical system that starts out with a big picture and putting in more and more detail until you have a rich tapestry of deep characters, complex plots with lots of twists and a finished book.
I have recommended this book to several of my friends who are failed organic writers as a means to add structure and form to their story. Those that are hard core outliner will find this book too organic.
The book presents some interesting thoughts, and exercises, and the use of children’s story book characters makes it very friendly. However, it is just another writing book, it didn’t make me go wow, nor did I want to throw it across the room. If you are wanting something to help you structure you writing but you don’t want to embrace an outline then possibly this book is for you. It is not a bad book, it is a book with some interesting theories.