Have You Lost Your Marbles?? No, it's Just Another (Awesome) Writing Exercise
This is the aftermath of an exercise created by Don Maass called the High Tension Manuscript Toss. It's based on the forest/tree concept, meaning, sometimes a writer can't see the forest for the trees and vice versa, can't see how dull the trees are for the forest.
If you dare try this, it will help you identify and correct slow, low-tension spots in your manuscript and encourage you to write high-tension prose on every page. Why? Because it forces you to read each page out of order so you won't be tempted to let the momentum of the story line let you ignore lackluster pages that aren't pulling their weight.
How to Do the Toss (With Commentary, Of Course)
The exercise goes something like this:Read More...