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Snowflake Plotting
Written ByValerie
Created: 30 Oct 2007 at 20:01
TypeGeneric Template (Public)
154 outlines are using this template
DescriptionShamelessly ripped from www.advancedfictionwriting.com/art/snowflake.php

The first four steps can be easily done using this outline, step five and six can be done (but it might be better to switch to a word processor,) and the final four steps can't really be done in outline form— but can be checked off as they are completed.
Step One: Sentence Overview
Which character has the most to lose?
What does character from above want to win?
Write a one sentence summary of your novel
Sentence 15 words or less
No character names used in summary (use descriptions)
The summary tie's together big and personal picture
Step Two: Paragraph Overview
The Story's Setting and Set-Up
Major Disasters
The Ending
Step Three: Major Character Overviews
A. Character's Name
A. One sentence summary of character's storyline
A. The character's motivation (what does he/she want abstractly?)
A. The character's goal (what does he/she want concretely?)
A. The character's conflict (what prevents him/her from reaching this goal?)
A. The character's epiphany (what will he/she learn, how will he/she change?
A. A one-paragraph summary of the character's storyline
B. Character's Name
B. One sentence summary of character's storyline
B. The character's motivation (what does he/she want abstractly?)
B. The character's goal (what does he/she want concretely?)
B. The character's conflict (what prevents him/her from reaching this goal?)
B. The character's epiphany (what will he/she learn, how will he/she change?
B. A one-paragraph summary of the character's storyline
C. Character's Name
C. One sentence summary of character's storyline
C. The character's motivation (what does he/she want abstractly?)
C. The character's goal (what does he/she want concretely?)
C. The character's conflict (what prevents him/her from reaching this goal?)
C. The character's epiphany (what will he/she learn, how will he/she change?
C. A one-paragraph summary of the character's storyline
Step Four: Paragraph Overview Expanded
Paragraph summary on: The Story's Setting and Set-Up
Paragraph summary on: Act One (End in disaster 1)
Paragraph summary on: Act Two A (disaster 1 solved, and introduce disaster 2)
Paragraph summary on: Act Two B (disaster 2 solved, introduce disaster 3)
Paragraph summary on: Act Three (All disasters resolved)
Step Five: Character Synopses
One page story summary from POV of Character A
One page story summary from POV of Character B
One page story summary from POV of Character C
1/2 page story summary for minor character A
1/2 page story summary for minor character B
1/2 page story summary for minor character C
Step Six: 4 Page Plot Synopsis
One page summary of Act One
One page summary of Act 2A
One page summary of Act 2B
One page summary of Act 3
Steps Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten
Step 7: Do a detailed character outline for each major/minor character
Step 8: Make a spreadsheet with one line for each scene (include character POV, setting, and 1 sentence summary of what happens)
Step 9 (optional): Narrative plot description expanding each scene sentence-length description into a multi-length paragraph. Say what the conflict is in each scene and write out good bits of dialogue.
Step 10: Write first draft

 



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