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How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

Advanced Fiction Writing, Book 1
Narrated by: James L. Rubart
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

A magical key to unlock your creative wizard

Are you writing a novel, but having trouble getting your first draft written? You've heard of "outlining", but that sounds too rigid for you. You've heard of "organic writing", but that seems a bit squishy to you.

Take a look at the wildly popular Snowflake Method - a battle-tested series of 10 steps that jump-start your creativity and help you quickly map out your story. All around the world, novelists are using the Snowflake Method right now to ignite their imaginations and get their first drafts down on paper.

In this book, you'll follow the story of a fictitious novelist as she learns to tap into the amazing power of the Snowflake Method. Almost magically, she finds her story growing from a simple idea into a deep and powerful novel. And she finds her novel changing her - turning her into a stronger, more courageous person.

Zany, over the top, and just plain fun

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method is a "business parable" - a how-to guide written in story form. It's zany. It's over the top. It's just plain fun. Most important, it's effective, because it shows you, rather than telling you.

You'll learn by example how to grow your story idea into a sizzling first draft.

You'll discover:

  • How to define your "target audience" the right way, so you know exactly how your ideal listeners think and feel. Forget what the experts tell you about "demographics."
  • How to create a dynamite selling tool that will instantly tell people whether they'll love your story or hate it. And you want them to either love it or hate it.
  • How to get inside the skin of every one of your characters - even your villain. Especially your villain.
  • How to find a deep, emotively powerful theme for your story. Do you know the one best point in your novel to unveil your theme - when your listener is most eager to hear it?
  • Why backtracking is good, even essential.
©2014 Randall Ingermanson (P)2017 Randall Ingermanson

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Somebody Hand Me A Flamethrower

The sample didn't seem so bad but hours and hours of it?! Oh. My. Dog. TORTURE, this was. Goldilocks is a such an annoying whiny jerk drama queen with a SERIOUS personality disorder, her classmates are no better and Baby Bear is so obviously a drug addict. There's some good advice here couched in a whole lot of mind-numbing drivel; you might want to take quick notes from the get go so you NEVER have to endure this book again - go straight to chapter 20 where the whole thing is summarised. Better yet, go to the author's website advanced fiction writing dot com where it's all written down. Face palm. Borrow it from the library if you're still curious, but I seriously do not recommend buying it. A fictional curse on everyone who raves about it.

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Re-hash of much better books

There's a handful of useful tips in here but there is so much time-wasting that it was unbearable to read. I couldn't get past the irritating narrative style and found myself inwardly screaming at the author to just get to the point. I'd recommend just finding a summary of the actual "method" and instead reading "Save the Cat' and 'Story', which make the same points but much more thoroughly, and with none of the badly-conceived subplot. If you're new enough to writing to really need something simpler, try 'writing down the bones' instead. Ingermanson's casual gender stereotyping also made this a pretty painful read in places.

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Somewhat long-winded

I've read the book and thought I would absorb it more by listening to it instead. However I do feel that the story, and therefore the audio book, can be long-winded to make a simple point. Some of these points are very good, but they can feel buried in the story, especially when Goldilocks and the Wolf argue in the lesson.

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Inspirational

This is a great listen for all aspiring novelists who want to write their book

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Excellent x

Easy to understand and implement not to mention entertaining. Highly recommend to any newbie writer x

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Great audio book but not the best format for this

using a good story and relatable characters the snowflake method is explained very well and at a good pace. I'm glad I listened but will need the free PDF mentioned to use this info.

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Magnificent!

A wonderful book which helped me A LOT! It's so well structured and logical on the one hand, and gives space for creativity on the other. And audio version is just incredible:)

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Gave me loads to think about

This book is written using the Snowflake Method. the method itself encourages the writer to front load the structure and outline of the novel before even writing the first draft. Excellent.

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A must for any logical new writer

Mr Ingerman teaches a logical way to develop a novel, and brings it to life with a novel technique. I've never read a fictionalised non fiction book before. My Portuguese isn't great but imagine Paul Rabbit turning metal into gold. I loved every word of it.

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what a great book...

step by step for a complete novice like myself..takes you through the process witj a completely engaging story