- Paperback: 130 pages
- Publisher: Mims House (June 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985213418
- ISBN-13: 978-0985213411
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise, 2nd edition Paperback – June 29, 2012
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"I found many books useful, but I found your NovelMetamorphosis absolutely the best for a workshop. For the first time in 18years of doing The Manuscript Workshop in Vermont, I offered one this year fornovels - for those who had a first draft or more that needed revision. The mostinteresting session was the one where we dealt with the Shrunken Manuscript,and we were all really impressed about how much we learned from this hands onactivity."
--Barbara Seuling, Director
The Manuscript Workshop in Vermont
"Darcy Pattison's shrunken manuscript technique foranalyzing the overall flow and pacing of my novel was the single most helpfultip I have ever picked up at a workshop. Highly recommended!"
--Carole Estby Dagg
The Year We Were Famous, Clarion Books/Houghton MifflinHarcourt,
2011. Would you walk over four thousand miles to save yourfamily's home?
"My initial reaction after finishing a first draft is to askmyself "Now What?" That question is answered and then some in Darcy's novelrevision retreats (I've done two so far). The large group sessions where Darcydiscusses things like character, plot, setting and word choice help you wrapyour brain around where your novel needs work. The break-out sessions with yourcritique group help you apply Darcy's revision principles to your specificstory. In the end, you walk away with a clear picture of how to take your novelapart and put it back together in a way that will make it a much strongerstory. Hanging out with Darcy and other writers (at a retreat) who are in yourshoes is a big bonus too!"
The Sweetest Thing, Egmont USA, 2011
"Darcy gets you to see through your own words to find theheart and bones of your story, then gives you strategies that help you cut thefat away from that heart and keep it singing while you rearrange the bones andsinew to make the structure strong."
You Will Call Me Drog, Carolrhoda, 2011.
"I revised a manuscript for an editor at Scholasticbefore it was accepted. His offer letter said, 'The ability to have suchinsight about one's own work is as rare as the talent to generate a fun andmeaningful story.' Darcy Pattison taught me how to look at my own work with apowerful set of tools for considering voice, structure, action, sensory detail,and more. "It always feels magical to make a story better, but it's not magic.It's a matter of understanding and using the tools we writers have. Darcy builtthe toolbox for us with her blog, her workshops, and her book, NovelMetamorphosis. We still have to do the heavy lifting, but we're not doing italone."
Devine Inspiration, Arthur Levine/Scholastic, 2012
"Darcy Pattison's shrunken manuscript technique pushed me tosee my book in its entirety -- what was working and what needed to change. Onthe micro level, I appreciated Darcy's emphasis on imagery and the senses --particularly taste, touch, and smell -- which bring to a story texture anddepth. "
--Caroline Starr Rose
May B., Schwartz and Wade/Random House Children's Books,2012
"I've used the techniques that Darcy lays forth in NovelMetamorphosis, and my guess is you will copy, dogear, highlight, flag, andwrite all over this book. And while you're marking up this text, your own novelwill emerge cleaner, sharper, and more publishable."
--Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, author of middle-grade historicalnovel,
Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different (Delacorte2008), which was accepted by the first editor who read it after Tubb revised it at Darcy Pattison's workshop. Class of 2k8.
"Writers know we must revise, but few know how. Pattison'sNovel Metamorphosis
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--Elaine Marie Alphin,
Edgar-winning Counterfeit Son
From the Author
Novel Metamorphosis is the result of 20 years of teaching writing and is the workbook for my Novel Revision Retreat. In order to come, you must have a complete draft of a novel and we spend the weekend revising that novel. You go home with a complete plan for revising it.
This 2nd edition is also a result of teaching the retreat across the nation As I talked with writers and followed their progress after the class, I realized that one more component was needed, and that was how to write a scene. This edition includes a new chapter on how to revise your novel to improve scene selection and execution.
The results are clear: after every retreat, I get an email from a writer who has broken through to publication. It's thrilling. You, too, can be published, if you do the necessary revision work to bring your story up to today's rigorous standards. I hope this book will be part of that journey.
Writer and Writing Teacher