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  1. How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing) (Volume 1)
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  2. How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing) (Volume 1)

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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—ten battle-tested 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.

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—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. It shows you how it’s done, rather than tells 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 love it or hate it.
  • How to get inside the skin of each of your characters—even your villain. Especially your villain.
  • How to find a deep, emotively powerful theme for your story. Do you know the best point in your novel to unveil your theme?
  • How to know when to backtrack, and why backtracking is essential to writing great fiction.
  • How to fire-test each scene to ensure it’s high-impact—before you write it.


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 just for herself.

And nobody was going to stop her.

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Randy Ingermanson
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
black & white illustrations
black & white illustrations
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I've used Randy's Snowflake Method before from his website ( 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... Read more
I consider Randy Ingermanson my valuable mentor whose SNOWFLAKE Method helped me as I published my first book, Bound, But Unshackled, last year. The SNOWFLAKE method is SUPER! I am in my 80s, living in a retirement community, and am thrilled that I have a reason to get up everyday. I love writing, using the internet for my research and enjoying a fun way to channel any new fiction projects, using Randy's Snowflake Method. I am one octogenarian who loves to write who looks forward every day to new adventures that delight my days. Thanks, Randy, for being a very present help in times like these latter years, and making these years FUN for me! Most sincerely, Betty Kirby
The Snowflake Method could work.
Today I talk about a small book called “How to write a novel using the Snowflake Method” by Randy Ingermanson. This presents a combination of outlining and organic writing.
He uses the metaphor of Goldilocks at a writers conference to present his ideas. Goldlilocks always wanted to be a writer, but she was trapped in the practical career, the caring for her children, and in general following the good advice people gave to her about her jobs and careers.
She goes to a writers conference and with baby bear finds a style just right for her.
The method is using a mathematical system that starts out with a big picture and putting in more and more detail until you have a rich tapestry of deep characters, complex plots with lots of twists and a finished book.
I have recommended this book to several of my friends who are failed organic writers as a means to add structure and form to their story. Those that are hard core... Read more
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