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Jul. 2nd, 2012 | 11:57 am

It sits on the floor--pages covered in sticky Post It notes. This is what revision looks like. Sometimes it's easy to get lost in a novel-length manuscript. A character or plot thread could pop up in one scene, only to disappear for countless chapters. But you didn't see it back then. Why? Because in the writer's imagination, it all makes sense.

I'm a big fan of Darcy Pattison's strategy for novel revision, The Shrunken Manuscript.

stella and notes

stella and pages

Stella says: revision is tough!

After combing through my outline, I spread the chapters on the floor. The rainbow of Post Its helps me "picture" the story.

seeing the book

The book whispers: "This is what I want to be."

Now it's time to listen.


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Katherine Quimby

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from: wordsrmylife
date: Jul. 3rd, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)

I do like the "shrunken manuscript" technique, although anything that helps make the story visual is effective, whether it's a post-draft outline with colored highlighters applied or the Post-Its or a map. Seeing things in a non-verbal way simply does something.

Of course, the shrunken manuscript does make for a better cat mat.

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from: crissachappell
date: Jul. 3rd, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)

Yes! And I also love the Hero's Journey and use it to shape a picture of the outline.

Stella either wants to nap on the pages...or eat them.

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