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How to Write A Novel Using the Snowflake Method 10 Step in 10 Days Series | Step Three

"Where for art thou Romeo? Deny thy Father and Foreswear thy name?" "What's in a name? That which we can call a rose by any other name would smell so sweet."

I shared these two Shakespeare quotes to say, Nothing is more important than characters. And that includes their name, their role in the story, goals and the list goes on. As a writer, you don’t want flat characters in your story; you want your characters to establish an emotional connection to your readers, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Why are characters are so important to a story? Characters will create and push your plot forward. There are distinct characters in a story that will create different conflict, tensions, and resolutions. These characters have desires, dreams, hopes, values, and thoughts that are the driving force of your story. It’s up to you to give them a unique personality and breathe life into their existence.

Step Three: Snowflake Method

Write Summary Sheet for Your Main Character

*Include the following

  • Role — (sidekick, friend, villain, mentor, relative...)

  • Name — name is so important, it should represent who your character is. Uniques name but easy for the readers to remember.

  • Goal — what is the concrete GOAL of the character in the story

  • Ambition — what drives the character to achieve their goal

  • Value — Write 2 to 3 values of your characters starting each sentence with, "Nothing is more important than... * remember your value isn't the same as your characters

  • Conflict — What keeps this character from achieving their goal

  • Epiphany — What is that ah-ha moment your character have at the end of the story.

  • One-sentence summary — Write this character's personal story.

  • One-paragraph summary — Write a summary of this characters personal story using a three-act-structure (three-disaster-structure). This information will give you an insight as to what make this character act a certain way in the story.

The Purpose of Step Three

To give you an intimate look into the lives of your primary characters, and to help you understand the reasons behind their behaviors.

Resources: Name Generators:

Happy Writing ~


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