Today I have a fantastic tip from Jenna Wallace who blogs at Writing in the Dreamstate. She has a really interesting post up right now called, "How Many Queries Does It Take? -The Sequel" with an average based on QueryTracker stats. But before you run off to check it out, here's her tip!
Want to see at a glance how conflict and tension build through your manuscript?
Use Text Highlighting in Word to do this.
· Assign each conflict thread (internal, external, and relationships) a different Text Highlight color.
· Go through your manuscript and highlight each scene of conflict in the appropriate color.
· Use Save As to save this document with a different filename.
· Zoom out to 10 or 20% view so you can see multiple chapters at one time.
· Start at the beginning and look to see if there is a good balance of conflict threads.
· Look for chapters that have little to no highlighting – these may be lulls in the tension. Make note of the chapter/page number so you can address it in your working document.
I’ve just done a post on this, complete with screen captures, if you want to see examples: