I’m a dedicated outliner. Not saying I’ve never pantsed my way through a story, but things work out better when I think long and hard about the characters and plot before I start chapter one.
Outlining is one thing, however—organized outlining is something else. I’m tired of the mess of scribbles and jottings I’ve used thus far! So I’ve decided to try out Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method for the next novel I’m writing from scratch. (Check out the details here on Randy’s page.)
It’s called the Snowflake Method because—um, actually I don’t really understand why it’s called that. Somehow or other it’s supposed to represent a snowflake. For me, though, it’s just a thorough ten-step outline.
I’ve already completed the first and second steps. I’m hard at work on the third. So I’ve got my one sentence summary, my one paragraph summary, and now I’m working up a one-page summary sheet for each of the three main characters. So far, so good. I’m cautiously optimistic.
Full disclosure: I’ve used aspects of the Snowflake Method before, but I’ve never followed the whole thing faithfully. So here’s my chance to see how if it works for me from start to finish.
If you’re a pantser, are there any steps of the Snowflake Method that are nonetheless attractive to you? Or do you just jump to the keyboard and let the words of the story flow? And if you’re an outliner, have you ever tried this method before? How did it work out for you? Do you have another method you’re already wed to, or are you still experimenting? I appreciate any comments on this!