At one of my writing club’s meetings, I introduced the snowflake method by Randy Ingermanson. Since then, I’ve been using this method to develop my first novel, loosely titled Charcoal Sky. I had previously written a few chapters with only a vague idea of where the story was going, but I felt that the rest of the story would come to me as I wrote. However, I got stuck on plot, character, and world-building, and I couldn’t figure out a solid ending.
After learning about the snowflake method, I started the story from scratch and have since gotten through step 6. I’m much happier with the progress I’m making because my characters have come to life in my mind, and I have a good idea of how the story will end. I recommend the snowflake method to anyone who likes to follow steps and guidelines but still needs room for creativity.
Step 1 of the snowflake method is a one sentence summary, and I’m excited to use this summary sentence to introduce my upcoming novel.
A skilled warrior risks losing her family by befriending a young man rejected by society.