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How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Randy Ingermanson
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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 ten 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 readers 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 reader is most eager to hear it?

  • How to know when to backtrack, and why backtracking is essential to writing great fiction.

  • How to fire-test each scene to guarantee it’ll be high-impact—before you write it.

Excerpt from Chapter 1

Goldilocks had always wanted to write a novel.

She learned to read before she went to kindergarten.

In grade school, she always had her nose in a book.

In junior high, the other kids thought she was weird, because she actually liked reading those dusty old novels in literature class.

All through high school, Goldilocks dreamed of writing a book of her own someday.

But when she went to college, her parents persuaded her to study something practical.

Goldilocks hated practical, and secretly she kept reading novels. But she was a very obedient girl, so she did what her parents told her. She got a very practical degree in marketing.

After college, she got a job that bored her to tears—but at least it was practical.

Then she got married, and within a few years, she had two children, a girl and then a boy. She quit her job to devote full time to them.

As the children grew, Goldilocks took great joy in introducing them to the stories she had loved as a child.

When her son went off to kindergarten, Goldilocks thought about looking for a job. But her resume now had a seven-year hole in it, and her practical skills were long out of date.

The only jobs Goldilocks could qualify for were minimum wage.

She suddenly realized that being practical had made her horribly unhappy.

On a whim, Goldilocks decided to do the one thing she had always wanted more than anything else—she was finally going to write a novel.

She didn’t care if it was impractical.

She didn’t care if nobody would ever read her novel.

She was going to do it just because she wanted to.

For the first time in years, she was going to do something

Biographie de l'auteur

Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels and the best-selling book Writing Fiction for Dummies. He earned a PhD in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and is known around the worlds as “the Snowflake Guy” in honor of his magically powerful Snowflake Method. Randy lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and daughters, where he attends to the needs of three surly and demanding cats. Visit Randy at AdvancedFictionWriting.com.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 235 pages
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  • Editeur : DitDat, Inc.; Édition : 1 (16 juillet 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00LWBZ696
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Writhing method shown, not told! 28 janvier 2015
Par toulcool
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This book it's incredible, it looks so simple, it speaks as a fairy tale (and its characters are actuelly taken from some fairy tales) but it's so precise and scientific in its method and explanation. For the first time creative writing technique it's actually shown and not simply told. You'll stick to Randy Ingermason advices and explanations and I'm sure many of us would really progress and at last seriously pass from wanna-be to actual writers!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 1 août 2014
Par Guilhem
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J'étais un peu sceptique mais c'est vraiment très bien fait et très fluide, on apprend en lisant le concept de la méthode et ça m'a beaucoup servi!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A hidden gem! 25 juillet 2014
Par Kristen Stevens - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've used Randy's Snowflake Method before from his website (advancedfictionwriting.com) and while it gave me the best results of any creative paradigm I've tried, the instruction left me feeling a little glassy-eyed.

This book is amazing. It is a hidden gem and I hope this review helps others give it a chance.

There are three layers to this book - the first layer is that you get to read a novel about a girl who learns how to use the Snowflake method on her own story. You learn right along side Goldilocks without realizing you're learning. The examples she reviews with Baby Bear are just as good as if you went to a conference on your own.

The second layer is seeing the application of the lessons. You realize through the story (for me it was about halfway through) that you are actually seeing a plot line unfold that has nothing to do with the World War II story Goldilocks is writing. You might even realize this is the real example Randy was trying to give, not the WWII romance.

The third is the actual instruction - and let me say, this instruction was so much clearer than what was on the website. Maybe it's because of the first two layers... but I really feel like I learned so much more from this book than others.

Writing books talk about writing like it's the driest thing in the world. Randy's book talks about writing and shows us, three times, that his method works.

I don't know what type of writer you are. Maybe the Snowflake method doesn't work for you. But if you've ever read up on it and it sounded interesting, give this book a shot! It is well worth it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sheer Brilliance!! 3 août 2014
Par Lee Man - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A superb learning guide on everything you need to begin writing the first draft. If you have tried the outlining method and it didn't work for you and you tried the seat of the pants method, then this book is definitely for you.

The book starts out as a story while teaching you the 10 steps to the Snowflake method. So you not only have an entertaining way to learn, but you also get solid examples.

I love the new step 9(it differs from his website).

This book takes the information learned from his website and demonstrates it using the story presented in the beginning of the book. I learned that I didn't fully understand the way it was supposed to work. I also found that I seemed to have been doing it right...I just haven't finished yet.

I found that the main character had the same fears and doubts that I did. Exactly. It was as if Dr. Ingermanson could read my thoughts as I read.

I found it extremely hard to put down. I just purchased this the day before yesterday and i finished it this morning.

Great job!!!

After reading this book, I did all ten steps and in just two months and seven days after started my first draft, I finished it. It was 232 double-spaced using 12 Courier New Font. I am currently planning the next one...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I can say with all honesty that it's the perfect addition to create his lexicon of writing methodologies 28 juillet 2014
Par Tommy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having read his other books; Writing Fiction for Dummies and Oxygen, along with purchasing his Snowflake Pro software from his website, I can say with all honesty that it's the perfect addition to create his lexicon of writing methodologies. His approach is effective for me and this book simplifies what shouldn't be complicated theories in the first place. I enjoyed his methodical approach. The story he wove to prove his methodologies was engaging, well planned and executed as he stepped me through the Snowflake method within the Snowflake method. He showed me how to build and control a story rather than allowing it to become an unwieldy behemoth. It was instrumental in clearing up a few issues I have had with my own writing concepts. I'm confident that I now have the essential tools to write a great story with emotional impact, cohesive plots and engaging characters. Good job!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just What I Needed! 10 août 2014
Par Annie Jean Brewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I stumbled upon Randy’s Snowflake Method about a year or so ago. Since then I’ve read his book “Writing Fiction For Dummies” and the novel he co-authored with John Olson called “Oxygen” that was written using the Snowflake Method and was recommended as a learning tool. It was an awesome novel and showed me that I REALLY should give the Snowflake Method a shot. I tried several times but it just didn’t “click.”

I didn’t give up on writing my novel. I kept trying and reading things that I hoped would help me progress in my goal. As I was looking for more novel writing tips I discovered that Randy had written this little parable about an author who used the Snowflake Method. I immediately purchased it in hopes that I would figure out what I was missing.

This little story is awesome! Not only is it entertaining (I’m 44 and I actually LIKED reading about Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf) but it is very educational. It was like actually being at this fictional writer’s conference and hanging out with Goldilocks as she figured things out.

Several times during the book I was so inspired I put it down and started working on my novel, but eventually I couldn’t stand the suspense and just had to finish reading the darn story so that I could find out what happened. Now I’m going through it again, making notes and using the tips in this book as I work on my novel with renewed fervor.

Long story short, while I don’t have a novel yet I have a MUCH better grasp of the Snowflake Method - and a much better idea of how to craft a kick-butt novel.

For those who want to write, READ THIS BOOK. Then snag a copy of “Oxygen” to read an amazing full-length novel that was written using the Snowflake Method.

I liked this book much better than the “Writing Fiction For Dummies” though I liked that one as well. It has all of the meat and the fluff is more educational (and entertaining) than traditional “how-to” books.

Highly recommended.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is entry level, but the system is decent 5 août 2014
Par Matthew E. Eaton - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a caveat: I have read enough about the subject of novel / story writing that I might get ill, so take this with whatever grain of salt you wish.

While I do understand this is targeted more for the people looking to get their feet wet in the writing industry and have something to use in order to help them get their direction, I have to admit that even for a beginner, the Goldilocks story was a little insulting. I got through a few chapters and then, I just felt like I was being talked down to more than given a good system.

I skipped to the 74% mark to get to the system, which means it only takes up about 20% of the real book. The system itself is fine and if you are willing to wade through the set up story or skip to the beginning of the system, then you'll be good to go.

The system in itself is a bit of an amalgam of some of the other systems I have heard about in the past. It is little snippets here and little snippets there. Read it, but just keep in mind you might have heard this before.
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