So I’m unsure if the Snowflake Method is not for me, or I’m not working out for the method. I’m having a really hard time getting past the first couple of steps. Here’s an example of what I’ve been doing:
1. Write a one-sentence summary of your novel.
An executioner must face the ghosts of those he’s killed.
2. Expand this sentence into a paragraph describing the story setup, major disasters, and ending of the novel.
An executioner suddenly finds himself faced with ghosts of those who he has killed. His conscience is prodded by a young teenager accused of murder, an woman who stole food for her family and a traitor to his country. (Somehow these should be metaphorical. hmmm.. what’s the twist?)
This one example is a spot-on representation of the other ideas I came up with. I just get stuck and can’t seem put a coherent story behind the plot line. Is my initial summary to vague? Maybe I just need more time to hash it out, but the method mentioned only spending an hour on each of these steps.
Anyone out there with ideas, I’m happily accepting them!