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If you write fiction, or you want to, sorting out your writing process for a book is a core task.
Are you a pantser? Are you a plotter? Or perhaps, you might be a Snowflaker …
Today I talk to Randy Ingermanson about his book, How to write a novel using the snowflake method, and how it can help those people who fall through the gaps. Plus, how to write 500 words a day as a habit, dealing with panic disorder and how our flaws contribute to our writing.
Randy Ingermanson is a physicist and award-winning geek suspense novelist, known as the Snowflake guy, America's mad professor of fiction writing. His site, AdvancedFictionWriting.com is packed with loads of information and inspiration on organizing, creating and marketing your work.
- How Randy established his brand when he wanted to talk about the process of writing, as well as the aspects of his novels. He brings the scientific approach and step by step process to writing a novel.
- How the Snowflake method works – from something simple and small, to growing it out bit by bit to something complicated and beautiful. The book is told as a parable, which ‘shows' the method through a woman at a writing conference who wants to learn how to write and is frustrated when she can't use the pantsing or plotting approach.
The importance of only using writing methods that work for you as an individual.
- Tips on writing the one line that sums up your book.
- The scene list and what a scene actually is. [This really changed my writing life when I understood the concept of scene.] Scene vs chapter. How to write a perfect scene. A chapter is a fundamental unit of reader decision.
“Most fiction writers have a major bottleneck in their process. That bottleneck is that they don’t produce enough first-draft copy.”
- On writing 500 words a day as a matter of habit.
- [25 mins] Randy talks about his panic disorder which affected his public speaking opportunities. We talk about our flaws and how we deal with them in a really honest way.
You can find Randy at AdvancedFictionWriting.com where he has a brilliant free ezine, as well as loads more information on writing fiction. You can find his book, How to write a novel using the snowflake method on Amazon here.