I just loved the way this book was written. Rather than a straightforward how-to, we get a story that exemplifies the principles the author wishes to express. First up is the story of Goldilocks, an aspiring author who can’t get past the word “the” of her novel. She attends a writing conference where the strict outlining approach given by Papa Bear is too hard, the seat-of-the-pants approach given by Mama Bear is too soft, but the Snowflake method taught by Baby Bear is just right. Through Goldilocks’ eyes we learn the ten step method, while following the subplot of The Big Bad Wolf versus The Little Pig. Each piece of the story hooks the reader in, making the techniques that much more memorable.
What follows is a summary of the 10 steps and then the actual document used by the author to create the business fable of the first half. Everything is clear and makes novel writing seem doable, as long you’re willing to put in the work. The author never prescribes his method as perfect or perfect for everyone, nor does he offer a quick fix. He does offer an approach that can be followed and has been to his own and thousands of students’ success.
The relief I felt when I discovered the Storyfix blog by Larry Brooks (and his books) is heightened with the reading/highlighting/bookmarking of The Snowflake Method. I love a good, flexible, customizable plan and can’t wait to try it.
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