How to write a novel using the Snowflake method(2)


Chapter 14 Your List of Scenes

Nothing is more important than survival, honour, helping others.

Her synopsis was all about actions. It didn’t get inside the skin of the Big Bad Wolf. And it made great leaps from one event to another, without showing the connections.

Now let’s shift gears to talk about writing.

“No,” Goldilocks said in a dejected voice.

“All of that is what we call ‘backstory,’” Baby Bear said. “That’s important information that you need to know so you understand your characters. But it’s not necessary for your reader to know it just yet. Your first have to get your target reader to care about your main story. Then she’ll be dying to know your backstory.

Now your homework is to write one line in the spreadsheet for every scene in your novel. You can work from your long synopsis that you created in step 6 of the Snowflake. Focus on events that happen over s short period of time— minutes or a few hours. Just tell the main thing that happens in each scene.

A short scene might be only five hundred words. A medium scene might be a thousand. A long scene might be two or even three thousand words.

Then you can added up all the numbers and estimate how long your book is going to be.

You need a column in your spreadsheet to tell who the point-of-view(POV) character is.

You might need a column with time stamps.

You can just start writing if you want, but if you don’t know what to start writing yet, creating a scene list will help you figure that out.

Chapter 15 Goal, Conflict, Setback

I don’t see what good that does you.

Chapter 16 Reaction, Dilemma, Decision

Chapter 17 Planning Your Scenes

follow your instincts.

It’s all thanks to you.

Step9 is about planning each scene before you write it.

There’re two standard patterns of a scene. One pattern is called a Proactive Scene.

Parts of a Proactive Scene:
1. Goal
2. Conflict
3. Setback

The other pattern is called a Reactive Scene.

Parts of a Reactive Scene:
1. Reaction
2. Dilemma
3. Decision

Proactive and Reactive Scenes just like of chain together like that?
Exactly!

Not all emotive reactions are worth a full Reactive Scene. Most professional novelists write many more Proactive Scenes than Reactive Scenes.

Chapter 18 Writing Your Novel

Step 10 of the Snowflake

1. Write the first scene of your novel.
2. Don’t stop writing scenes until you’re done.

Chapter 19 Summary of the Snowflake Method

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