How to write a novel using the snowflake method

However, for those who wish to continue, step six involves expanding the one-page synopsis to four pages. By now, you should have a solid foundation of character and plot to begin sketching how your novel will be constructed.

Step four returns to the plot and involves creating a brief synopsis. Write a single sentence that summarizes your book. This time, the writer takes those five sentences from the summarising paragraph and expands each one into a paragraph of its own.

Step two also has application for the querying phase of selling a book; here, the writer expands to a paragraph of description. Expand each sentence of the first five-sentence paragraph into a full paragraph -- this should take up roughly a full page.

Understanding the snowflake method

Ingermanson recommends a five-sentence paragraph: In the seventh step, the writer develops expanded character charts and histories. One important point to keep in mind about the snowflake method is that many writers may think that their own tried-and-true approach is best and reject the snowflake method out of hand particularly those who tend to write without outlining.

One major advantage of the snowflake method over some other methods is that although a great deal of work is involved prior to writing, it all tends to be practical and applicable to the novel itself. Many writers will find that this is sufficient preparation.

Step eight maps out each individual scene of the novel on a spreadsheet using one line per scene. This also is something a writer will need to learn to do effectively for the query letter phase.

At the core of the snowflake approach is a great motivator for fiction writers: Character and Scene Details Take your previous character information, and get down to the nitty gritty of character details.

In essence, this is the place where each character gets to tell his or her own story. Writers who prefer to develop their characters more organically may want to skip this step or may want to use only parts of it such as sketching out key motivations. Write a full, page-long description for each major character, and half-page descriptions for other important characters.

Ingermanson suggests at least listing what point of view the scene will be told from and what happens in the scene, but other elements can be included as well such as estimating the length of the scene.

For those in the latter category, writing such a synopsis is better done after the first draft is completed. Having found an approach that works for them, they may imply that anyone who deviates from their method is doing it wrong.

The rest of your novel will move outward from this sentence. This exercise can be helpful for the writer who struggles with fleshing out characters. Step ten is not really a step; it is the actual next phase of writing the first draft of the novel.

This is a hook for your novel -- how you would describe it given 10 or 15 seconds. Again, this will produce a document that can be useful for querying agents and publishers. Ingermanson suggests about a page for main characters and half a page for less important character.

After you have these outlines for your major characters, rewrite and expand the summary of the novel that you previously wrote. You now have the tools to write the first full draft of your novel. In step one, the writer comes up with a one-sentence description of the novel.

Once you are satisfied, expand and rewrite the overall plot of your story as informed by your character work.

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

Step five returns to the characters again, and this time, the author writes about the story from the point of view of various characters. Ingermanson points out that this can reveal whether scenes introduce conflict although this is also something that can be noted on the spreadsheet.

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While many novel-writing methods encourage a linear outline or skeleton for your novel, in the Snowflake Method you begin with a short summation of your novel and expand it into a full text.

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