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Pro, yo

May 6th 2013

I decided to take a break from drafting my work-in-progress, so as not to waste valuable time rewriting the entire book later. Because believe me, so much of my current word-count is headed for the gar-baaaage.

I admit it — I need hand-holding. I need someone to baby-step me through the                  novel-writing process. Otherwise, I half-ass a plot outline using index cards (that either get lost or misnumbered) and eventually I get stuck or I abandon my plot in favor of a “better idea.” I made a lot of mistakes writing my first book and I promised myself I’d be more efficient this time. So far, I’ve proved myself a liar.

I recently invested in Snowflake Pro ($100). The Snowflake Method jives with my creative thought-process. I am a big-picture kind of gal. I see the end result before I imagine the details. And that’s how Randy’s method works. You start with a one-sentence summary of your novel — your big picture. Then you expand that sentence into a paragraph. After that, you work on your characters. (I’m on this step now.) Eventually, you expand your short summary into a synopsis (insert dread here) and create a list of scenes. This is huge for me. This is where I fail myself. This is taking my big idea and getting it down to the meat of the story that makes the most sense for my characters and theme.

Some writers use the Snowflake Method without investing in the cost of the software and I’ve read some blog posts where authors create files in their Scrivener to utilize the method.

In conjunction with Snowflake Pro, I am also utilizing the beat sheet from Save the Cat (which I haven’t read yet, but requested from my local library). I’m hoping to come up with an efficient system that works for me. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Has anyone used the beat sheet from Save the Cat or the Snowflake Method? Or do you have a system entirely your own that gets you from Beginning to End? I’d love to hear about it.