Today, I saw an article about writing using the snowflake method. I haven’t really thought about how I would categorize my own writing and outlining method, but I thought I’d see how it compares with the snowflake method. So, let’s jump right into it.
Step 1 – I have not done this. I don’t have a one sentence summary.
Step 2 – I haven’t written a paragraph summary, either. At least not in this way.
Step 3 – I have done some work on character profiles, but not in this way. I don’t have a summary of their storyline. I have a summary of their life history before the story started.
Step 4 – I have done something like this. Expanding the summary paragraph into several paragraphs, each part ending in a disaster. I’ve summarised Journey to Ariadne chapter by chapter.
Step 5 – I haven’t done character synopses. These are a full page describing what each character does in the story. Maybe I should.
Step 6 – Expand step 4’s sentences into individual paragraphs. So, basically making a longer summary of each section. I have not done this, but I have made a longer paragraph for each chapter. This should be a four page synopsis.
Step 7 – Making character charts with a large amount of information, stats, storyline, how they change by the end of the novel, etc. I have not done this completely, but I have done some basic background information, as I said.
Step 8 – Take the four page synopsis and make a list of scenes in a spreadsheet with the point of view character noted. I have absolutely not done this.
Step 9 – Make a narrative description of each scene, basically expanding each sentence into multiple paragraphs. Dialogue can be added if you like. Nope, I didn’t do this, either. Apparently, it’s a quick version of a first draft that can be written quickly, and makes it easy to write a summary for submitting to a publisher.
Step 10 – Write the first draft. The article says that people who use this method can write books at a far faster pace than if you don’t outline in this way. For one thing, you know exactly what happens in each chapter, and you’re never guessing about what will happen. I haven’t done this, either. Well, I have done first drafts for Journey to Ariadne, but this isn’t meant to be a novel. It’s meant to be a short introductory story about how the world comes to be colonised.
I may attempt to use this method, just to get a better idea about what I’m writing. And maybe it’ll help me write faster.
Does anyone use this method? Or do you prefer another method? Let me know in the comments.