Having finally decided to sit down and start my big novel idea – otherwise known as my precious baby (don’t lie, I know you feel the same about yours) – I quickly found myself completely unsure where to begin. All the creative ideas, sinister sub-plots, witty dialogue, and interesting characters that had swirled around my head for years suddenly had no place on paper before me. They all went in to hiding and refused to come forward to offer any assistance now I was confronted by a blank page.
Having only ever written short stories and poetry, I had no idea how to approach a larger, more complex project like a novel. So the question turned from ‘when will I write my novel?’ to ‘how do I write my novel?’ Thankfully we live in a time when the majority of human knowledge, even the irrelevant stuff like Fox News and step-by-step instructions on how to wax an owl, is just a few keyboard strokes away.
So I searched around the internet and stumbled over this article. It’s explains a method of writing a novel that is logical and structured, yet doesn’t suck any of the creativity out of the process. It’s called the Snowflake Method, and the principle is you start small and then gradually build up and extend until what you have becomes a fully developed story.
I found it incredibly helpful in planning my writing. If you’re thinking about starting a novel or are even in the midst of writing one already, I highly recommend the article – it’s well worth a read. It might just be the kick in the arse you need to start writing your magnum opus.
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