Thursday, 26 August 2010

Plotting Novels (Snowflake Method)

There is no doubt that writers approach the creation of novels in a variety of ways; some like plotting in advance, some (like me) have only a vague idea and start writing to see where it goes.

A writing colleague shares the Snowflake Method of plotting on her blog and it makes fascinating reading. So if you're stuck on to how to get started, or you want some tips on how to progress, check out Amber's blog here.



Amber Hunter said...

Thanks for the nod, Rosemary!

When is your novel coming out? I'd be all that much more interested in reading it knowing that you used the "seat of your pants" method.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

It's due out next May, Amber. Don't worry, I'll let you know! It's interesting, this plotting question, isn't it. But characters and situations definitely come to me more once I start writing.

Vikki said...

An interesting and very detailed method of planning a novel! I myself am more of a fan of the 'flake' method where you write without knowing too much detail about what comes next. I think if you develop good characters they will start to direct the story and you can stop thinking too much about where it's going. Though I do think it's a good idea when an idea for a novel arrives to write a quick summary of the main points you want to get across as I found this helped greatly with my synopsis later on. Trying to write a synopsis after you've been too close to your story is a difficult thing to do!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Interesting observations, Vikki!