Snowflake Method

December 30, 2006 12:54pm CST
One way to develop a complete novel is the snowflake method. A beautiful and complicated snowflake can be consructed by first drawing a simple triangle and then adding another triangle and so on till you get a snowflake. That is first write the whole novel in a paragraph with the absolute essentials. Then divide the paragraph into major ideas and then further dissect it into subplots. This is supposed to be the fastest and easiest method to write a novel as you know where you are heading for right from the start.
5 responses
• United States
3 Jan 07
Kartikkiran, thank you for sharing this idea. It is a great idea. I've started novels in the past only to stop at about 30 pages from rereading it and thinking I just wrote garbage. This sounds like a good example to use when piecing a novel together.
5 Jan 07
yeah...............snowflake method allows us to focus on the essentials give us a better control on the flow of the novel............ I hope you complete your novel from 30 pages to 300!
• United States
30 Dec 06
http://www.rsingermanson.com/html/the_snowflake.html At least if you are going to borrow someone's original idea, explain it in full and give the link that gives them credit. The snowflake method was created by Randy Ingermanson. You can find the full description at the above posted link. It is a wonderful method for those brainstorming the beginnings of a novel. Welcome to myLot kartikkiran, but please add links when they are needed, even if you have to type them out. This is a good topic.
@lizeri (533)
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
Wow! So that's how it is called... Actually, I was also have that method but I just don't know the term. But thanks to this, I now realize what is it that I am doing.
@ichampin (593)
• India
1 Jan 07
I really like this method of writing a novel, I will try it. This method would help in eliminating the confusion.
• United States
30 Dec 06
I think it's a good idea. It's also a good idea for writing songs, too - write the bare bones stuff and keep adding and adding to it. I wish more bands would do this, because there's way too many lame, boring songs that need it.