Friday, February 19, 2010

One sentance.

Let me start out by apologizing for my long post on Wednesday but I thought I would get the snipit out there.Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your encouraging comments.  It means so much!

Yesterday, I had to catch up on things.  I finished four chapters in my first draft while I revised the first chapter.  Yes, I am doing things out of order but that is me. I do things out of order.  I am looking into the Snowflake Method for my revision and I am having the hardest time with Step 1.

Step 1. Write one sentance to summarize your novel in 15 words or less. I need to take 80,000 words and condense--holy cow! I know I will do this somehow but how?  I know my main points but condensing them is going to be a huge headache.  I am learning as I go and it only making me stronger.

So, I ask you any of you --any advice.  Have any of you tried this method?  If you have, do have any advice on your approach to writing this crucial sentance?

Also, Thank you to Summer from ..and this time concentrate for  From Me to You Award.  I just posted my recipients the other day.  I was flattered to receive this from two people.  You guys are so nice:)

Today is a short post.  Enjoy your day:)


  1. Wow I've never tried it, but I'm sure it would give you a different outlook on your goal. Gives you more opporutnities to think and let all the thoughts marinate! I might try it!!!

    I love awards... and Summer is so sweet!!! Happy Award again!

  2. Thanks for writing about the Snowflake method in here...I was going to email you asking what that was! As for the one sentence, some people call that a logline (I think). I've tried and failed. So I keep thinking about it. It's good to have one, that way, when people ask what you book is about, you can tell them. I was actually going to do a post on this at some point!

  3. Snowflake method, huh? I've never heard of it. Maybe I'll try that. I never think your posts are too long, Christine. I love to read excerpts. Thanks for a great blog, and have a wonderful day.

  4. I'm glad I got you inspired, Christine!!

    I have advice, all right, DO NOT GIVE UP.

    Also, if you are struggling with the first few steps, just right something, anything. "Girl eats poisonous fruit, dies, and is reincarnated." It can be ultra vague or specific, just get something down and then move on. The aha moment for me came when I followed the advice of reading the NYT best seller lists. The sentences there are exactly what this summary is about. Read those, avoid sequels and authors will super well-known books, like Grisham and Patterson. Also, don't forget that everyday, except Saturdays I am posting about my adventures too, so watch my errors and you won't feel so bad.

    Looking forward to receiving your first few chapters on Monday.

  5. Condensing an entire novel into one line is tricky! I just finished writing my query and I at least had two paragraphs with that one and it took me a week, so don't feel bad. You'll get it!

  6. Just a post script to the comment I left before... I gave you an award this morning. :)

  7. Condensing a novel into one line just feels so... brutal. I can do it. For my novel, it's "A girl who helped her terminally ill father commit suicide deals with the aftermath". But it leaves out so much!

  8. We LOVE the Snowflake method! It definitely helped us get organized when we sat down to write the first book in our series. We sort of used it informally for the book we're working on now too. Definitely a great way to make sure your plot is going to work.

  9. Very interesting. I am a beginner at the whole novel thing, having written many partials before but this time getting serious. Right now I am just writing... I don't have a method. But I just visited Jonathan's blog (Hi, Jonathan!) and bookmarked this info because I keep as much advice as I can in the wings. I know different things work for different people. I don't know yet what works for me, so I try to file it all away!

  10. IMHO, it's not so much condensing your novel into one sentence as it is creating a sentence that will make people want to pick your book up and read it.

    I've not tried the snowflake method, I lose patience with any that are too intricate. Here's a simple one you might try:

  11. Wow, Christine! That sounds challenging! I am a "seat of my pants" writer in every way. I don't outline or use methods, I don't think I mentally could! I write the story out of my head from start to finish, with occasional one-line notes scribbled on scraps of paper! If someone tried to force a method on me, I'd seriously sob like a baby! I have such respect for those who do use methods though, and I KNOW they work, even if I can't wrap my brain around one! I've heard really positive things about Snowflake!!! Good luck!!!

    xoxo -- Hilary