How to Approach Writing a BookApproaching the writing of a book
s an excerpt from a conversation.
Planning and writing books using the snowflake technique
Richard Denning, a UK historian, describes the very much loved snowflake method of designing and writing books, exemplified by one of his seven YA (Young Adult) books, The Last Seal. A self-released writer of historic literature and historic fantasies, I use the snowflake method to create my work.
Its invention was made by Randy Ingermanson, the US author and writer and schoolteacher. What's with the snowflake method? Snowflake's method is that if it is done well, you can prevent bigger problems that require bigger changes because you have already done this work. At the beginning you get the whole concept of the storyline out of your mind.
As soon as you have constructed the snow flake, it makes writing easy. You' ve got to be imaginative at first when you make the snows. The most important stages are summarized here using the example of my historic YA novel The Last Seal: Summarize your novel in one sentences. That phrase could be the catch that will be selling your book.
One good phrase is less than longer - preferably less than 15 words. There should be no characters in it. The purpose of this phrase was to link the large image of the book with the protagonist's name. So we should be learning which characters have the most to loose in this game and what he or she wants to win.
Here is a recap of my YA novel, The Last Seal: Now you need to extend this phrase to a full section that describes the context, the great catastrophes and the end of the novel. It' a good notion to consider history as "three catastrophes plus an end".
Every disaster needs a fourth of the book to evolve, and the end is the last one. You can also use this section in your suggestion if you are addressing publishing houses. In the ideal case your heel has about five sentences: one to explain the background and the history, one for each of your three catastrophes, then another to tell the end.
All of the plotters are very good, but the book will need convincing people. This is the kind of person I created for my Freya in The Last Seal: Summary: Happy, naughty, but, egotistical young burglar finds a point through dangerous adventures. Syopsis of the history of character: This expands the grouping of the plotter in a single section.
Every phrase is extended to a complete section. All, except for the last subparagraph, should end in catastrophe. And the last section should say how the book ends. Use your exposés of characters and extend your characters to full characters. Details everything there is to know about each of the characters, such as date of birth, account, story, motivation, objectives, etc.
Meanwhile you have a sound storyline and several storylines, one for each and every one. Extend the one-sided plot symphysis of the novel to a four-sided one. In principle, you will extend each section from section (4) back to a whole page. Use this four-page summary to create a complete listing of all the sequences you need to turn the storyline into a novel.
When I am following this well ( "and I admit that I don't always succeed in being so complex), I am often amazed at how quickly the whole thing comes out of my paw. It'?s easy for me to write! Trouser pens may not like this approach, but I think I need the frame to get going.
In his award-winning website Randy Ingermanson provides more information about his snowflake method and many more tips for writing www.advancedfictionwriting.com. Richard Denning is the writer of historic literature and fantasies for young grown-ups (YA).