Snowflake Plot

Reading Anna Zagar’s blog today jogged my memory about this cool tool for plotting. I swore after I had to revise my first book so many times and cut out so much to put in other books that I would go into the second with some clue where I was going and maybe even a little of how to get there.

This method is ideal for structuring a novel from start to finish in as little or as much detail as a writer can tolerate. I admit having a low tolerance for structure in the creative process. Creating something new is way different than scheduling a day or organizing a closet. But I think I can live with this method at least up through step 4, the one page synopsis. Going that far is critical to make sure a book has a complete story, including a solid ending.

I might go through step 5. Farther than that and I know I’d have to change too much when I sat down to write. The best ideas don’t fly into my mind until my fingers start typing fast enough to create a good headwind. Get it?

By the time I finish, worst case I should have a one sentence hook (high concept), a one paragraph synopsis (query and back cover blurb), and a single page synopsis that shouldn’t require too much revision. So if getting a vision of my project now will save me much revision later, I’d better take a good look.

Here’s the link:

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