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Randy Ingermanson is the award winning author of six novels and two nonfiction books. He has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and writes "Genius in Jeopardy" suspense novels that take revenge on all the brilliant people he's ever known. Randy is known by novelists around the world as "the Snowflake Guy" in honor of his wildly popular Snowflake method of writing a novel. He hopes to achieve Total World Domination someday, but first he must escape involuntary servitude to three surly cats.
on Oct. 06, 2014 :
I too read Fiction for Dummies but this is far superior, and quite clever. He creates a mini-novel within the confines of explaining the snowflake method. He develops character and plot as examples of the steps of the process. It is not a dry procedural book, but entertaining and educational. It is compelling i that you want to follow the story which leads you through the process completely. After 35 years as an engineer and writing lots of detailed technical documents to Mil Spec Data Item Description formats, this is like a Rosetta Stone for writing fiction. I tied the organic approach because it was easiest but really did not know how to organize plot and characters. Now I have an idea of where to start and follow a process. It is also important to know that there is ebb in flow as one develops the story and constant revisit and rework . I like the spreadsheet idea for organizing scenes, characters and timelines. Now lets see if I learned enough to put a book together!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 26, 2014 :
I recently read Randy's "Writing Fiction for Dummies" (and highly recommend it).I learned many things from him in this book. I particularly liked (and am using) his Proactive and Reactive Scene Structure. In "How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method" he first tells a story (which is fun to read) and then he identifies how he used his Snowflake Method to create it. For example, he summarizes each scene according to: Character Point of View, Narrative summary, Proactive Scene: Goal, Conflict and Setback OR Reactive Scene: Reaction, Dilemma and Decision. I'm going to use his Proactive/Reactive scene structure within a book I'm writing. I've already written a twenty-five word summary of it which keeps me focused on my "story". Thanks Randy
(reviewed within a week of purchase)