Snowflake Method -- Randy Ingermanson
But before you begin writing, you need to get prepared. You need to put all those great ideas upon paper within a form you can utilize. Why? Because your memory is usually fallible, and your creativity features probably left a lot of holes within your story -- holes you need to fill in before you start writing your novel. You will need a design doc. And you need to produce that using a method that doesn't destroy your desire to actually write down thier story. Here is my ten-step process intended for writing a design file. I use this technique for producing my works of fiction, and I hope it will help you. Step 1) Take an hour or so and set a one-sentence synopsis of your novel. Something like this: " A dodgy physicist moves back in time to kill the apostle Paul. " (This is the brief summary for my first story, Transgression. ) The phrase will last forever as being a ten-second providing tool. This is the big picture, the analog of that big starting triangle in the snowflake photo. When you later on write the book proposal, this sentence in your essay should seem very early in the pitch. It's the connect that will sell your book to your editor, to your panel, to the salesforce, to bookstore owners, and ultimately to readers. Thus make the best one you can! Some suggestions on the actual a good sentence in your essay:
вЂў Shorter is better. Try for fewer than 15 terms.
вЂў No character names, make sure you! Better to claim " a handicapped trapeze artist" than " Anne Doe". вЂў Tie together the big picture and the personal picture. Which usually character has the most to lose in this history? Now show me what she or he wants to get. вЂў See the one-line blurbs on the New york city Times Bestseller list to learn how to do this. Producing a one-sentence description can be an art form. Stage 2) Take another hour and expand that sentence to a full paragraph explaining the story installation, major unfortunate occurances, and closing of the story. This is the analog of the second stage in the snowflake. I like to structure a tale as " three disasters plus an ending". All the disasters uses a quarter with the book to develop and the ending takes a final quarter. We don't know if this is the ideal framework, it's just my personal style. If you have confidence in the Three-Act structure, then the first devastation corresponds to the finish of Act 1 . The second disaster is definitely the mid-point of Act 2 . The third disaster is the end of Work 2, and forces Action 3 which wraps some misconception. It is FINE to have the initial disaster become caused by external circumstances, although I think the fact that second and third unfortunate occurances should be brought on by the protagonist's attempts to " correct things". Items just get even worse and worse. You can also use this paragraph inside your proposal. Ideally, your passage will have regarding five phrases. One phrase to give myself the backdrop and story setup. Then one sentence each to your three unfortunate occurances. Then one even more sentence to share with the ending. If this sounds suspiciously like back-cover copy, it's because... that's what it is and that's in which it's going to look someday. Step 3) These gives you a high-level perspective of your new. Now you will need something comparable for the storylines of each and every of your personas. Characters are definitely the most important part of any book, and the period you invest in designing them up front will probably pay off ten-fold when you start publishing. For each of the major character types, take an hour or so and create a one-page summary sheet that tells: вЂў The character's name
вЂў A one-sentence summary in the character's story
вЂў The character's motivation (what does he/she want abstractly? ) вЂў The character's goal (what does he want concretely? ) вЂў The character's conflict (what prevents them from getting this aim? ) вЂў The character's epiphany (what will they learn, how can he/she modify? вЂў A one-paragraph brief summary of the character's storyline A crucial point: You will probably find that you need to return back and change your one-sentence summary and/or your one-paragraph summary. Proceed! This is good--it means your characters are teaching you things...