Snowflake Method Step Four

By this stage, you should have a good idea of the large-scale structure of your story. If the story is broken, you know it now, rather than after investing 500 hours in a rambling first draft. So now just keep growing the story. Take some time and expand each sentence of your summary paragraph into a full paragraph. All but the last paragraph should end in a disaster or setback. The final paragraph should tell how the book ends. So, you should have about five paragraphs.

This is a lot of fun, and at the end of the exercise, you have a pretty decent one-page skeleton of your story. It’s okay if you can’t get it all onto one single-spaced page. What matters is that you are growing the ideas that will go into your story. You are expanding the conflict. You should now have a synopsis suitable for a proposal, although there is a better alternative for proposals . . .

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