The Snowflake Method

07 November 2007 · 2 comments

The snowflake method for writing a novel seems needlessly complex. In general, I think elaborate mind-mapping systems for writing are counter-productive. When I write a story, I have a clear picture of who my characters are — I don’t need to write pages of notes about what they eat for breakfast. At the same time, however, the method fascinates me. While I think a novel might break it, perhaps I could use it for a short story.

1 Josh November 8, 2007 at 10:33

So, if I follow Randy’s “snowflake method”, will my writing end up sucking as much as his?

2 Malinson May 26, 2008 at 07:42

I had a viable idea for my story as well – I assumed I did.

After spending some time at the theaters researching an idea, Iv’e discovered that modern writers tend to create the movie preview before the actual movie. In other words, the better the preview presentation, the more likely they’ll get their funding. When I realise the mental presentation for my story fell short of today’s expectations, I began to have second thoughts.

This snow-flake method apparently dose the same thing, writing the stories catchy preview puts conformity and completeness with your story.

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