Title: How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
Author: Randy Ingermanson
Genre: Business Parable
Formats available: Paperback and Kindle
I first discovered Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method in an article on his website AdvancedFictionWriting.com, via a link in a NaNoWriMo forum several years ago. I had made a few attempts at the Method, but never got very far at all. I realized that I needed a more visual/kinesthetic (learn by doing) explanation. I had seen that Ingermanson had published a novel about method, but just hadn’t gotten around to purchasing it on Kindle until this past October. (It’s also available in paperback.)
I read it in a single evening. Yes, it was that quick of a read. (At least for me; but I’m a fast reader, and if I’m enjoying a book, I won’t put it down unless I absolutely have to.) Then I went back and read it again this week, just so I could study the method again, complete with the novel’s examples and started adding to what I had already started using of the Snowflake Method on my last NaNoWriMo novel that I never completed. Perhaps if I had actually used the method every step of the way, I might have actually completed my novel.
How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method is a business parable that uses Goldilocks, grown and married with two children, as the main character. She has longed her whole life to write and be an author, but her family told her that such a thing was “impractical”, and encouraged her to find a more “practical” career. She does so, but after the birth of her children, she became a stay-at-home mom until the youngest was old enough to enter kindergarten. She thought about looking for a new job, but realized her skills were now outdated, and she was unhappy being “practical” anyway.
She decides to do something for herself. She’s going to write a novel.
After a false start, she goes online and finds a writing conference near her, tries two different noveling workshops – taught by Papa Bear and Mama Bear, respectively – that are just no good for her. Then she finds a workshop taught by Baby Bear, using a method he calls the Snowflake Method. In this workshop, we also meet Big Bad Wolf, Little Pig, Mother Hubbard, Robin Hood, and many others.
As the workshop goes along, the reader learns the Snowflake Method step-by-step along with Goldilocks, using examples from the novel she’s creating during each step.
I found the story fun and engaging and easy to follow. And definitely amusing for the use of all of these fairy tale characters. I also appreciate that Ingermanson shows us at the end how he used the Snowflake Method to create this book. Having all of these examples on hand will definitely help me in my future writing, especially as I prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July, and NaNoWriMo in November.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a step by step guide, full of examples that you can follow along in your own writing.
I think I will rate this 5/5 stars.