- Telescope scenes to keep pacing strong.
- Telescope characters to create complexity.
- Telescope plot to keep tangents at bay.
- Telescope sentiments to increase tension.
Of course, I probably wouldn't have been able to telescope anything if I hadn't first poured it all out onto the page in the unadulterated first draft. I was hoping to avoid this step in my second ms, but now I realize a vital part of my writing process is the exploration of the story in long-hand.
Does anyone have tips on telescoping more efficiently?