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  • Writer's pictureSarahHauer

The Birth of a Novel

These are my steps to writing a novel, here on these photos. These are not set in stone for me. Nor are they how every author writes. I find this is generally how I work best.

It is based on the Snowflake Method for writing a story. Basically, that means I start with a general idea and continue to add details throughout until an entire story comes together.

If you look closely at the photos, the first one has an arrow pointing to the four page story synopsis. Actually, I am past that now. I am on Step 2, part h, the scene list. I am hoping to get a good start on that today.

Also, I would like to point out the importance of Step 3. If the story doesn't start taking itself over by Chapter 5 with characters invading my head to tell me what happened instead of me telling them what happened, in other words if it doesn't come to life on its own, then I trash it. That means its a crap story. I am nowhere near Step 3 on this story as of yet.

I am still months out before knowing if this is the one, but it is looking good so far.

Care to share your experience or ask a question? Shoot me an email at

Thanks for reading!



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