FN 001: Shrunken Manuscript – 6 Ways to See Your Manuscript

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Welcome to the first Fiction Notes Podcast, where you’ll learn six ways to use the Shrunken Manuscript.

I teach a novel revision retreat; in order to attend, you must have a complete draft of a novel and we spend the weekend talking about how to revise that manuscript. The workbook for that is Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise. Traditionally, we only go into depth on the Shrunken Manuscript technique in the retreat, but for the first time publicly, I’m going to explain six ways to use the Shrunken Manuscript. It’s a fitting topic for Fiction Notes’ first Podcast.

ShowNotes for Fiction Notes 001: Shrunken Manuscript

1:45 Instructions on Shrinking a Manuscript
3:32 Seeing your strongest chapters
8:49 Seeing your major plot points
11:49 Seeing your antagonist v. protagonist
14:22 Seeing your character arc
17:17 Seeing your scenes
18:42 Seeing your novel’s pacing

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  1. Darcy Pattison says

    Thanks! Yes, it is helpful even when drafting, partly because it forces you to think about what your ideal novel would be.

  2. Jacqueline says

    Thank you for sharing this great podcast, Darcy. I’m one of the visual learners you mentioned. Although it seems simple when I hear you say it, I had yet to find a way to ‘mark’ my manuscripts for visual impact while editing. This is simply brilliant! Thank you again.

  3. Darcy Pattison says

    Thanks, I hope it helps you revise and write that book of your dreams!

  4. says

    Darcy, thank you for sharing this method and how it can help revision. I know I will be listening to it more than once.


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