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Friday, 16 December 2011


Oh the weather outside is delightful...!
It's here! The first snowfall this winter! I woke to the delighted cry of a child "It's snowing!", leapt out of bed, and sure enough - big white flakes were floating from the sky. Hurray!
So, on a theme, I decided to explore Randy Ingermanson's Snowflake Method for writing a novel...(like the link? ;))
Here's the simplest explanation I found online, courtesy of Bubble Cow. 
Or if you prefer, watch Dan's video!
1. Write a one-sentence summary of your novel (Fifteen words max).
2. Expand the sentence to a (4-sentence) paragraph describing the story narrative, any major events and the ending.

3. Now consider the main character and write a one page summary for each, considering the following points:
  • A one-sentence summary of the character’s storyline.
  • The character’s motivation (what does he/she want abstractly?).
  • The character’s goal (what does he/she want concretely?).
  • The character’s conflict (what prevents him/her from reaching this goal?).
  • The character’s epiphany (what will he/she learn, how will he/she change?.
  • A one-paragraph summary of the character’s storyline.
4. Go back to the summary you wrote in 2 and expand each sentence into a paragraph. Randy’s advice here is:
Take several hours and expand each sentence of your summary paragraph into a full paragraph. All but the last paragraph should end in a disaster. The final paragraph should tell how the book ends. Source
5. Write a one page description for each major character, which tells the story from their point of view.
6. Expand your one page plot synopsis into a four page plot synopsis.
7. Expand your character descriptions from 3 into full ‘character charts’.
8. Using the expanded synopsis, make a list of every scene you will need to write to complete the novel.
9. Using the scene list, write a multi-paragraph narrative description of each scene.
10. Write your first draft!
To read the full article by Randy Ingermanson click here!


Michelle said...

YAY for snow. We got some too aswell although I missed the early morning snow we got some at midday so that made me very happy. Of course all the children in work were waiting for me to get back from my lunch break to take them out to play in it. :D

katie dale said...

I LOVE the snow! Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a white Christmas? :)

Michelle said...

It would be perfect. *finger crossed*

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