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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 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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Childish story that outlines the method in detail.

This book was entertaining and also somewhat exhausting to listen while commuting. The message is wrapped around characters of various children's fairytales, which make it a bit weird, but which at the same time enlightens the listener about the method. Recommend it to people to find out more about how Snowflake method can be used in your writing.

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  • 23-02-2018

loved it.

stick with it. seemed silly, but ended up brilliant. highly recommend this for writers struggling with their stories.

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  • Khoa Ly
  • 01-02-2018

incredibly helpful methods for beginners

as a beginner fiction writers, I find this book extremely helpful. must read. it help me organize my thoughts and work better. the style is fun and the story is enjoyable. if all writing and literature classes could be like this, we would have many more creative writers.

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  • Hyacinthe
  • 15-12-2017

Good content, Narrator; Off-putting presentation

Would you try another book from Randy Ingermanson and/or James L. Rubart?

The author and narrator are both proficient, but using the Goldilocks parable to demonstrate how to use the Snowflake Method was condescending and very off-putting.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The technique works. I have the software and was hoping for more in-depth coverage and examples, but the characters - the grumpy Little Pig, breathless Goldilocks and furry-chinned Baby Bear prosing on - were so annoying, I couldn't finish the book and returned it.

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Using a standard lecture delivery approach would have made this book useful. Using cartoonish characters to deliver the author's message wasted my time and spoiled the presentation of key messages.

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  • Shannon
  • 07-04-2018

Very helpful and Informative

Would you listen to How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method again? Why?

This is a new way to plan a fiction book. I've taken many classes and lectures on the best way to write a book. I found this to be different, motivating and extremely helpful. He puts a story together to help you understand the 10 steps, which was far better than a boring lecture on how to use this method. Also, I would suggest you buy the e-book companion as there are diagrams and helpful information at the end of the book to guide you through planning your book using the snowflake method.

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  • Markie Langston
  • 23-03-2018

excellent outlining method and a fun story!

This audio book provides a really thorough guide on outlining, perfect for anyone who is stuck working on their first chapter.

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  • S. Browne
  • 03-04-2018

Inspirational

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

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  • Mrs. N. Rees
  • 10-01-2018

Excellent x

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

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  • vicky
  • 12-12-2017

this was a great book!

I was surprised how much the book hooked me. very clever way of explaining the Snowflake method within its own story book. I will definitely try to take on the Snowflake method with my first book x