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  • How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

  • Advanced Fiction Writing, Book 1
  • De : Randy Ingermanson
  • Lu par : James L. Rubart
  • Durée : 5 h et 1 min
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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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    Very instructive, simple and fun

    I had great fun listening and also learned a lot. I took notes of all chapter 19 as it was great to have a summary of the whole technique without having to re-listen from the beginning. Than I found out a written pdf version was offered on a web page...Thank you!

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    • Scott
    • 07/08/2018

    Easy to understand "How-to" book...

    This is a great beginners book on how to write a novel. It covers the basics of defining your audience, how to properly work out your characters, planning your story, setting up conflicts, etc. The book does a fine job of covering this information in an easily digestible manner.
    What sets this book apart from others on the subject, for me, is in how the information is presented. Instead of telling the information, the author SHOWS the information in action. The Snowflake writing system is presented by having the main character, an aspiring novelist, take a class on, you guessed it, the Snowflake Method. As the information is being presented to the characters by the professor, all of the action going on around them, and the events happening to them provide a wonderful example of the system at work. So, in addition to learning how to write a story, you also get an engaging story that shows the system in action. Presenting the information in this manner made it easy to understand, and helped cement it in my head. Personally, I gained a lot of knowledge on how to write my story in an effective, simple to understand manner.
    In addition to the author having an effective book on writing, with an engaging storyline, the narrator did an excellent job of giving each of the characters their own distinct voice, which not every narrator succeeds at. It made the entire book a very enjoyable, easy listen.

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    • Alexander L.
    • 23/01/2019

    Painful

    Only Chapter 19 was necessary. The rest of the book is fluffed up with a fictional story meant to frame the process, but it undermines the promise of the book: an instruction manual for a writing method. I understand it was also meant to illustrate the process, but when 90% of the book is unnecessary, it leaves the reader feeling cheated.

    As if that wasn’t enough, the audio quality leaves much to be desired. The narrator also has a habit of breaking up every sentence into small chunks of words. It’s as if he recorded only 3-4 words at a time.

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    • Edriss A.
    • 23/09/2018

    What a waste of time

    I understand the attempt to tell a story within a story to try to show how to write a novel. That's been done before, however, what made this unbearable was to listen to the narrator change the pitches of his voice to depict the range of nursery rhyme characters stuck in a classroom lead by Baby Bear.
    Fighting my way through listening to all of this just to get my credit's worth was brutal, but then to find out that all that was necessary was the final chapter which was summarized point-by-point in a normal voice made me think that there was so much hype and fluff and so little substance.
    Just get a hold of the last chapter somewhere online and you'll get the breakdown of the snowflake method.
    Take it from the narrator, himself, who admits that the Snowflake Method "just does NOT make good audio".
    Wish this was made clear before I made the purchase.
    This shouldn't even be listed on Audible for that very reason.

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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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    • ES
    • 18/03/2019

    Couldn't finish it

    I agree with others that the "story" format is distracting and annoying. I got half way through, around step 5, and I couldn't tell you what any of the steps were or why it's called the Snowflake Method, I was totally lost. Maybe it's because I got the audiobook version.

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    • Tyler
    • 13/02/2019

    Shockingly Bad

    The irony is astounding.

    The author spends a great deal of time teaching his readers that we need to understand our audience, yet he painfully misunderstands the audience for his own book. His audience is adult writers who are looking for mature, well-articulated help with their writing, yet instead he writes as though his audience is children who need to be pandered down to. The book is a narrative between Goldilocks, the three bears, and every other children's tale you can imagine. Baby Bear tries to teach Goldilocks how to write, and we have to sit through all the lame antics a setting like this would create. It seemed like a forced, awkward situation that I assumed was just a "playful" introduction, but as I kept fast forwarding to get to the "real" book, I soon realized the ENTIRE book was written in this painful, immature, out-of-touch format. The only thing that makes it worse is the male narrator trying to do voices for Baby Bear and Goldilocks. Ugh.

    When waterboarding prisoners won't work, interrogators should torture them with this audiobook instead. Even innocent people will confess in seconds.

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    • Art
    • 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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    • Katie Wiesbrock
    • 25/08/2020

    Holy Smokes This Book Was Hard To Get Through

    I wasn't able to finish this book - I felt it was condescending and hard to find the message it was trying to teach. I am very disappointed from failing to learn from this book.

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    • Teddy's Mom
    • 06/07/2020

    I'd suggest other writing books instead

    I had seen references to the "Snowflake Method", so I wanted to find out what it was all about. But the first 18 chapters are a fairy tale-style story about someone who wants to be a writer. About 20 torturous minutes in, I decided to check reader reviews, and thankfully one of them explained that the actual "how to" content doesn't really begin til Chapter 19.

    Fast-forwarding to Ch. 19, I couldn't discern anything unique about the Snowflake Method, and I would not recommend this book to either experienced OR beginning novelists.

    Do yourself a favor and listen to "How to Write Best-Selling Fiction" by James Scott Bell/The Great Courses instead. It's a phenomenal, engaging 12 & a half hour master class, and includes a PDF download of the entire text. If you're not sure you're that serious yet, try one of the other many good writing books out there.

    --source: I'm a published novelist and have read dozens (hundreds?) of books on how to write.

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    • Neil Wilkinson
    • 29/05/2019

    Sent it back.

    Silly. Insipid. I didn't like Goldilocks or the three bears even when I was a kid.

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