I came across this book by chance one afternoon when looking for a method to plot an Epic Fantasy series. I'd just made the realisation I'd twisted my timeline and somewhere along the way I'd stepped into Book 2, despite the fact I was writing book 1. I also came to the realisation that writing a 3 book Epic Fantasy series without an outline was insane :) I decided to get to know my characters a bit and that's what I was searching for on Goggle when I spotted a link for the author of this guides website. I had a quick read of the website and decided I had nothing to lose by buying this book. I found it to have some very down to earth advice, no head in the cloud stuff, just practical easily applied ideas that I could either take or leave depending on what I needed. If you're looking for a how to that will make you think about your story and the characters I'd highly recommend giving this book a go. I've got a smaller novel idea that I'm going to test the theory out on and make sure I'm comfortable with it before returning to my 3 book Epic Fantasy series.
I read Mr Ingermanson's book describing his method of writing a book which I believe works particularly well for instructional types of books ,to help to keep important facts in their sequential order and impress important facts on the reader. However, I am a little hesitant about using it for the " spontaneously creative" fictional novels. Two totally different types of mindsets needed but as I have not tried the Snowflake method for a fiction novel will put it to the test soon. It would cetainly save time on re-writes, It also opens up new possibilities. I enjoyed reading the book.
This book is brilliant. I knew I had been introduced to the snowflake method before and, since reading this 'zany business parable', I found old printouts that I must have copied from the author's website many years ago. Now, four years and 97,000 words into writing my first novel, I wish I had taken that earlier advice seriously. This time around, I am converting from 'panster' to 'plotter'. Randy Ingermanson took me step-by-step through Snowflaking in this compelling read. He leaves nothing for you to wonder about, as after the story he walks you through the ten steps, one by one, and follows this with the Snowflake for the novel itself. This has changed the way I write and I know the next books in my trilogy will not be taking four years!
WOW! This was such an easy book to read and the lesson truly stuck with me. I am drafting up a new novel with this method and it is coming together so much easier than any other method I have tried so far. For me, the Snowflake Method works brilliantly. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Goldilocks as she discovers how to write her book and how to solve a crime at the local writer's convention. This is a fun read, entertaining and has a serious message that helped me. I know that this book and this method will help many more authors out there looking for a way to collate their ideas, flesh out plot and character, write a synopsis and easily write scene after scene until their books are finished. Thank you Randy Ingermanson of this great work. I am very grateful for your help. Selina
I lived this book. The snowflake method sounds like a great way to develop and plan a story. And its awesome the way this book is written, as an entertaining fiction story itself showcasing what elements should be in a scene, the importance of disasters, and character development to name just s few things. Highly recommend!
I started to read the 'story' of the how to apply the method, got through about 20% of the book and then skipped to the last 20% of the book (summary). Easy to understand and full of reassurance that as a writer you have to find what works for you. Parts of this method struck true for me and I am blocking out some time to try.
The technique presented in this book has helped me tremendously in setting out my story. Not only that, the method of presentation is entertaining and engaging, keeping the reader interested even through steps of the Snowflake Method they may find difficult. Fantastic value, cannot recommend highly enough.
This is a great book for any novelist. I found Randy's book both entertaining and illuminating. He really does provide a very usable method for taking your story ideas and making them into a structure that can be realized as book. This is a hugely valuable book.