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


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: […]

Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise


Congratulations! You’ve finished the first draft of a novel. What an accomplishment! But now what? THE SECRET TO SUCCESSFUL NOVELS: Revise “I didn’t realize I didn’t know anything about revising until I took Darcy’s Novel Revision Retreat. I finally “got it” that reworking a manuscript is not revising. To revise something means to re-vision it, […]

Carole Estby Dagg 2K11


Carole Estby Dagg debuts with THE YEAR WE WERE FAMOUS Introduced first in 2007, debut children’s authors have formed a cooperative effort to market their books. I featured Revision Stories from the Classes of 2k8 and 2k9 and this feature returns this year with the Class of 2k11. Class of 2008 Class of 2009 MORE […]

Shrunken Picture Book

Shrunken Picture Books, Photo by Rita

How I Shrunk my Picture Book Manuscript – and Why I’ll Do It Again! by Lee Wind At a schmooze of the SCBWI Tri-Regions of Southern California, discussion ranged far and wide, pulling info and tips from many sources. Lee Wind showed a shrunken manuscript of a picture book, complete with glitter, colors and stickers. […]

Revisions Take Time

Shrunken Manuscript

Take Time to Revise Jim Danielson, who attended last weekend’s Illinois retreat, has also posted a picture of a shrunken manuscript. Here are other links for the Shrunken Manuscript technique: Instructions for the Shrunken Manuscript Technique Shrunken manuscript v. Spreadsheet plotting Intensive feedback, like you get in a weekend retreat, can be overwhelming and after […]

A Washington Voice Retreat

Western Washington SCBWI Retreat: Voice The retreat was great. There were about 40-45 people there and they were split into two groups. Group A came to me, while Group B went to Patti Gauch, then we swapped for the same presentation again. I sorta knew how Patti would approach voice (and I might have done […]