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I Become an Author 6 - Your Story in One Page

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Nur wer schreibt, der bleibt! I will be the next Jo Nesbö. But for now I have to learn a bit. The funny way. This is what Randy Ingermanson says in How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method 


Baby Bear kept studying her. “Why doesn’t Elise just marry Henri?”

“Because … he’s awful! He’s bald and fat and … he collaborates with the Nazis!”

Baby Bear scanned the document. “I don’t see any Values here that say that desirable men are hairy and muscular and fight in the Resistance.”

“But … those are obvious!”

“There she goes, making assumptions again,” said the Big Bad Wolf.

A few lines further:

"And furthermore, Elise apparently believes that collaborating with the Nazis is evil.”

"Well, of course, that’s, um …” Goldilocks sighed.

"Obvious?” said Baby Bear. “And yet millions of people collaborated with the Nazis. Apparently, resisting Nazis wasn’t a Value for everybody.”

Baby Bear goes on:

And you’re right. Synopses are the most boring writing you will ever do. But they’re necessary if you ever want to sell a book to a traditional publisher, because they all insist on receiving a synopsis as part of your proposal. You can’t get an agent without having a brilliant synopsis.”

Goldilocks does not really like writing a synopsis. But Baby Bear insists:

“We’ve already seen how to write a one-paragraph summary of your story,” said Baby Bear. “Now just take each sentence of that paragraph and expand it into a paragraph of its own. You have five sentences. Expanding each of those will give you five paragraphs, which add up to a page. That’s all.”