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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Author: mazeface

Two things I love to do the most include graphic design and writing. I was an editor at a publishing company for several years; I saw the graphic designers at work and thought, 'I'd like to do that.' So I went to art school. I love to read, write and draw. Yes, I am a creative nerd type. I like to read all kinds of books, but science fiction and fantasy is my guilty pleasure. Why am I keeping this blog? It's just a place to keep my thoughts. My brain is getting too full to store them all, so this place is a good annex.

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