How does the Snowflake Method work?

bluefractalNow if you are not a math whiz, don’t let this scare you: The Snowflake Method of writing a novel follows the same idea of a fractal design that starts off small and builds up. It’s easier to understand if you see this visual.

A snowflake is a fractal design and that is the whole theory behind using the Snowflake Method to write a novel. The writer starts off with just one sentence to describe the story. The sentence is developed into a paragraph. Each sentence in that paragraph develops into a paragraph. Each of these paragraphs develops into a number of scenes, and so on.

In between each of these steps, the characters are developed in much the same way. A description of each character starts with a sentence and then is built upon every other step. As a result, the story is built with a combination of character and plot.

This method is a great idea for both the writer who likes to write off the cuff as well as the writer who likes to plan a novel more deeply. By the time the writer creates her first draft, she’s developed the characters and knows where the story is going. As a result, she can write no stop without getting lost (the off-the-cuff writer) or she can start the writing process without procrastinating in the planning stage (the writer who plans more deeply).

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The next step: The Snowflake Method

snowflakephotoFor National Novel Writing Month, I wrote a rough draft of a novel called The Deity Run. Instead of “rough draft,” a more accurate term would be “discovery draft” for in this first writing, I usually discover the characters, plot, theme and more about my story.

Now that I have my “discovery draft” for The Deity Run, I am using The Snowflake Method to further develop it. It doesn’t necessarily require software, but the creator the Snowflake Method, Randy Ingermanson, developed inexpensive software to help a writer create a novel from beginning to end.

I do have the software and I am rewriting the next draft of my novel using the Snowflake Method. I’ve already started. I’ll be journaling updates in this blog.

Next: I’ll describe the Snowflake Method