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Using the Snowflake Method To Write More Fiction, Faster, Better

Jennifer Mendez The Writing Process

The Buzz about the snowflake method

Writing using the Snowflake Method is a big deal among writers. It takes a step-by-step approach on writing a novel, which can make the process easier. Of course, it depends on the writer’s personal style and preference. Some writers like “discovery writing,” where there is no path, just some spontaneous writing.

But the Snowflake Method is quite useful. As Richard Denning, author and writer of “Writing: How To Use the Snowflake Technique to Write A Novel” explains:

“The idea of the Snowflake Method is that, if it is done well, you can avoid major plot issues requiring major rewrites because you already have done that work. Furthermore you should spend less time staring at a blank page. You wrench the story idea out of your head at the start.”

So, what does it take? How do authors get started?

Snowflake Method Practice Highlights

The overall steps are as follows:

  1. Write a one sentence summary about your novel. What is it about?
  2. Write a 1 paragraph plot.
  3. Develop your characters. Name, storyline, goal, conflict, etc.
  4. Create a plot summary. This is an expansion of step 2.
  5. Create character charts for each character. Track changes over the course of the story.
  6. Expand the plot synopsis.
  7. Write your novel.

By the end of the process, writing your novel will be more about putting it together eloquently, rather than writing it from absolute scratch. What’s not to like?!

Download The Snowflake Method PDF To Learn More About The Snowflake Method

In case you haven’t gotten it yet (shame on you), we have a book on the Snowflake method which details all the steps in detail, so you know exactly what to do. Get your copy of A Real Author’s Guide: Writing Stories Using the Snowflake Method, right here on Literative! It’s on sale now.

Make your stories more relatable, keep your stories on track, and always maintain the reader’s attention!

About the Author

Jennifer Mendez

Jennifer Mendez has brought insightful articles to From author interviews to how literature meets gaming to expert insight into tools and writing processes, her dedication to helping our author community is quite inspiring. You can find more of her writing at

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