Randy lays out a 10 Step process for writing your novel. The process starts with a one-sentence summary of your novel and ends with the first real draft of it. In between, are eight steps of filling out the complexity of your story step-by-step. He calls this process the Snowflake Method because it starts simple like the drawing of two triangles laid out with one inverted upside-down atop the other to create the basic shape of a star. Using that simple analogous illustration, Randy then "builds" (moves forward through the process) the "snowflake" (story structure) one layer of detail upon another (the 10 Steps) until an exquisite "snowflake" (completed story structure) is produced. At the time I discovered Randy's approach to writing a novel, The Snowflake Method had been viewed over 2,400,000 times on his web site! This guy is no beginner!
I hope that, if you are an interested future novel writer, that you will check out Randy's Snowflake Method. You won't be disappointed that you did!
In my next post, I will describe my fascination with Christopher Vogler's The Hero's Journey. I hope that you will return to hear what I have to say about that! Till then!