Friday, August 7, 2009

My Novel: As Seen From the Moon

A while back I blogged about revising, and Booknapped reader Milli Thornton (and writer of a cool screenwriting blog) extolled on the virtues of Microsoft Word's Print Preview feature. I love Print Preview too, but it occurred to me that others may not be using this feature the way I use it.

First, a story:

Because I drink too much caffeine, one day my finger was shaking on some computer button and I inadvertently shrunk my Print Preview down to 10%. Talk about seeing your manuscript from a new perspective.

When I revise, I highlight areas that need work. The amount of yellow in my manuscript shows me how much work I've yet to do. Here is a Print Preview of several pages from the last quadrant of my novel in its current state:

As you can see, I still have miles to go before I query. Put the coffee on. It's going to be a long night. I dare you to open up your manuscript and view its Print Preview. At the very least, you will be amazed at all those words you wrote--your entire novel splayed out before you like a patient etherized upon a table (sorry, couldn't resist).


  1. Marie, your screen shot is such fun! You've taken Print Preview to new heights of visual impact. ;~)

    I loved the "patient etherized upon a table." I would not have guessed at first glance that was part of a line of poetry from T.S. Eliot, so thanks for the link! Enjoyed the Robert Frost reference as well.

    Great idea to link to the Bird's-eye view page at Wiki. This is what I call a classic blog post. Will definitely link to you when I write about Print Preview over my way. And thank you for the kind mentions. :=)

  2. cool, i never though of using it that way, thanks

  3. Hey Marie, I'm finally In The Club, sorry it took me so long to come over and play! Cool post I love seeing things like that!

  4. LMAO! Nice. I'm gonna check mine out. I've been performing major surgery on my MS. Hope it survives!

  5. Wow! That must feel amazing... I'd love to have so much of my own novel to look at. :) Good luck with your revision.