Snowflake Method for Writing a Novel

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


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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