Shrunken Manuscript Reveals Novel’s Strengths and Weaknesses


Shrunken Manuscript Technique Helps Visualize Problems

Following my directions for shrinking, marking and evaluating a novel, here are some recent examples:

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1 Comment
  • Ann Finkelstein
    February 1, 2010

    Thanks for the link, Darcy. I recently tried your shrunken manuscript technique again with another novel. The second novel is more about angst than fear, so I changed my scale to: Ho hum, Uh oh, Oh no! and Ahaaaaaaaa!

    Shrinking the manuscript helped me identify the amounts of dialog and description.