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Want to write a dynamite novel? 

The secret to writing a dynamite novel is to first write a dynamite scene. Because if you can write one terrific scene, you can write a hundred. And that's a novel.

This is a short book, with just one goal - to teach you the simple principles you can use right now to design a powerful scene before you write it. If you've already written your novel, you can use these same principles to make each scene better. 

About the book

How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method will give you the power tools you need to write scenes that move your reader's emotions.  

You'll learn:  

  • The one thing your reader most desperately wants. And why.
  • How to decide which character should have the point of view.
  • The two kinds of scenes designed to give your reader a powerful emotional experience - and how to know which to use.
  • Five ways to test that your lead character's goal in each scene is perfect.
  • How to end every scene so it leaves your reader wanting more.
  • Why dilemmas are good, and how to know when they're ruining your story.
  • Four ways to know that your character's decision will drive your story forward.
  • How to know when a scene is broken - and how to fix it.
©2018 Randall Ingermanson (P)2018 Randall Ingermanson

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Could be Condensed

This feels like a really great essay that's been stretched into a book. The core principles are fascinating but could easily be summarised more succinctly. I couldn't understand the necessity to use three examples from published works for each topic, when one would have sufficed. There is one concession towards the end of the book that writing isn't 'painting by numbers' which seems at odds with the rest of the book's tone. The performance is terrible. You can hear where the narration was recorded at different times/rooms and I had to check that it wasn't text-to-speech software that had been used to narrate.

Overall I would probably have been better off studying Randy's website than sitting through three and a half hours of this audiobook.

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I wanted to like this book

I choose to read this book, because it was a subject I wanted to learn more about, and I was attracted by the title. However, the person they chose to read the text, managed to make it sound like he was reading a phone book or a scientific journal. I kept putting the book down, as I just couldn't get past the reader's bland and almost disinterested voice... I'm sure a reader with a a vibrant voice that sounded like he or she was engaged with the task, would have encouraged me to listen to the end... I will keep trying, but maybe do it in short bursts...

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  • ZanzibarGirl
  • 14-06-18

Very helpful!

I listened to this in just two short sessions. The author has an excellent grasp of what makes a scene strong and the various types of scenes needed to keep a story rolling. I especially appreciated the summary chapter at the end that recaps everything taught in the book. The author uses examples from three well-known fiction books, two of which I had not read, but I was still able to follow the teaching easily, and the examples helped me understand the concepts. Highly recommended book for authors of any genre.

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  • DeAnna Julie Dodson
  • 08-07-18

Excellent and practical!

I was just going to listen to a few minutes of this today, and I ended up listening to the entire book. I have written eighteen traditionally published novels (so far), and I found this book very helpful for honing my craft. There is nothing here that couldn't be easily understood and incorporated by a new writer, too. James L. Rubart's narration is engaging and fits the book perfectly. Highly recommended!

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  • Jo Phillips
  • 04-01-20

Improve your storytelling

Scene by scene makes sense with this method instead of vague explanations I've sat through at expensive writing conferences.

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  • Jaqi
  • 27-04-19

eh.

doesn't engage the way the original snowflake method does. hard to stay focused on it

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  • Ahmad Arangale
  • 20-03-19

Most comprehensive scene construction guide!

I'm very excited to start implementing everything I've learned from this book right away. This book is the perfect guide for someone like me who always completes a beat sheet but struggles in writing the scenes for every story beat.

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  • Zackary
  • 21-05-19

Excellent instruction

I'm a fan of Randy's book, The Snowflake Method, and this book was just as high caliber. Deep dive into what makes a scene powerful (or not). I kept having to pause it and take notes.

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  • amanda arnold
  • 11-04-19

great refresher

So many great tips and examples. I will listen to this before I start writing next book and again when I start doing edits on draft 2. These tidbits can only make your writing stronger/better!

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  • Susan at Truly Novel Reviews
  • 15-03-19

Nice Succinct Guide

This is a quick listen, but packed with information. Recommended for anyone who is having trouble with pacing in their novel.

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  • Onterreo
  • 06-08-18

Great addition

This audiobook makes a great addition to any writer's library. I found it informative and entertaining.

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  • Ben Erlichman
  • 17-07-18

Excellent breakdown of scene-writing

This is a short listen/read, but it is incredibly useful to any author who wants to learn to write stronger scenes. Highly recommended!

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