How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method Writing a novel is easy. Writing a good novel is hard. That’s just life. If it were easy, we’d all be writing best-selling, prize-winning fiction. Frankly, there are a thousand different people out there who can tell you how to write a novel. In this article, I’d like to share with you what works for me. This page is the most popular one on my web site, and gets over a thousand page views per day, so you can guess that a lot of people find it useful. Good fiction doesn’t just happen, it is designed. For a number of years, I was a software architect designing large software projects. I claim that that’s how you design a novel — you start small, then build stuff up until it looks like a story. If you’re like most people, you spend a long time thinking about your novel before you ever start writing. But before you start writing, you need to get organized. Step 1) Take an hour and write a one-sentence summary of your novel. Some hints on what makes a good sentence: Shorter is better.
Story Starters Gripping Story starters are essential. They grab the reader’s attention. Make them want to read more and keep them reading. Some of us are born with a unique talent and have a natural flair when it comes to connecting words, some of us don’t. If you don’t have this natural ability you need to learn some tips and techniques that will make things easier – who better to learn them from than the masters themselves. Find below a selection of story starters from a variety of different sources. From A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens) From The Blanket (Floyd dell) Petey hadn’t really believed that Dad would be doing it –sending Granddad away. From to Build a Fire (Jack London) As he turned to go, he spat speculatively. From An essay by Laurie Rozakis When I was young time seemed to stand still. Recommended Links Opening lines of famous novels. How to Write an Introduction Effectively A collection of creative writing prompts. More writing prompts to get you started. Finding interesting essay topics.
Daily Writing Tips Welcome to Writing-World.com! Beginner Novel Writer's Tips A Beginner's Guide to Writing a Novel Writing a novel is not an easy thing to do. Unlike many non-fiction works, publishers will not accept a novel unless it's completely finished. The more a writer knows about the basics of how to write a novel, the more easily the novel will be put onto paper and the more interesting it will be. Writers should attempt to incorporate all of the following tips in order to make their novel as good as possible: Start The Novel With a Conflict One of the best ways to hook a reader is to start in the middle of action. Create Interesting Characters A man with a square jaw isn't going to keep readers interested. Keep the Novel Pacing Fast and Tight Readers don't want to spend 50 pages reading information that doesn't have anything to do with the overall plot. Make Your Story Unique Every writer's story should stand out from competing novels. Read While You Write
Creative Writing These OWL resources will help you with the basics of creative writing. This section includes resources on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Fiction Writing Basics This resource discusses some terms and techniques that are useful to the beginning and intermediate fiction writer, and to instructors who are teaching fiction at these levels. The distinction between beginning and intermediate writing is provided for both students and instructors, and numerous sources are listed for more information about fiction tools and how to use them. A sample assignment sheet is also provided for instructors. Pattern and Variation in Poetry A brief rundown on the basic concepts of pattern and variation and how they can be used when writing poems. Pattern and Variation: Aural A brief exploration of the various aspects of sound that can be utilized when making a poem. Pattern and Variation: Visual A brief exploration of the various visual aspects that can be utilized when making a poem.
Articles Creating fictional characters requires adversity, There are few happy stories in the world. There are happy endings. There are happy characters. Few stories revolve around the good things that happen to people. If they do, there is a downside to the “good things” that happen to them. Stories are about adversity and conflict. Creating Fictional Characters Using Physical Adversity Physical adversity is death, injury, illness and threat. Creating Fictional Characters Using Miscommunication and Deception This is a classic plot complication. Deception is similar to miscommunication, but it involves deliberate lies. Creating fictional characters using miscommunication and deception is good, but be careful, you don’t want your characters to seem like idiots. Creating Fictional Characters Using Displacement Displacement is another popular adversity that fictional characters face. Creating Fictional Characters Using Desire Every good fictional character has unfulfilled wants and needs. Mix Things Up
Creating a Thesis Statement - The OWL at Purdue Summary: This resource provides tips for creating a thesis statement and examples of different types of thesis statements. Contributors:Elyssa Tardiff, Allen BrizeeLast Edited: 2014-02-10 10:44:43 Tips for Writing Your Thesis Statement 1. An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader. 2. 3. 4. Thesis Statement Examples Example of an analytical thesis statement: The paper that follows should: Explain the analysis of the college admission processExplain the challenge facing admissions counselors