Snowflake Method for Writing a Novel

Posted by Backyard Urban Gardening on Saturday, November 11, 2006

RandyIngermanson.com has a nice article titled "The Snowflake Method for Writing a Novel".

For those of you that are looking for a "magic formula" to help inspire you to write your novel, this just might be it.

This article breaks the whole process down into a 10-step method that begins with a one sentence, less than 15-word description, to summarize the concept of your story.

Then that "triangle" is formed into a "star" and then a "simple snowflake" and then a "complicated snowflake". Ingermanson uses mathematics (he's got a Ph.D.) to compare the art of outlining and plotting the novel writing process.

When I started my novel writing effort I started with this basic process, but got distracted in step three of the "snowflake method" and ventured out on my own to move along a little faster. Once I get the basic storyline down, I plan to fill in the detail ala the "snowflake method" to add depth to my story.

I'd like to hear about how you use the "snowflake method in your writing.

2 comments:

Thomma Lyn said...

I happened on The Snowflake Method some months back and recently experimented with it as a brainstorming, pre-writing exercise for my brand new WIP. I went through step three, which helped me get into my new characters' heads.

But once I better understood who my characters are and where they're coming from (other than from my head - *chortle*), I began Chapter One, and now they're revealing themselves via the unfolding story and are subsequently changing it and running the show. :)

bunnygirl said...

I've never tried the snowflake method, although I've read about it before. I may give it a try, though. I'm having trouble with the third novel of my trilogy, and while I think I know what the problem is, I'm not completely sure.

Thanks for posting this and reminding me!

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