Auto Summarize Your Novel For Fun and No Profit

If you haven't yet seen Joel Stickley's How To Write Badly Well, you're missing lots of fun reverse writing tips.
His most recent post mocks Word's Auto Summarize feature, something I didn't know existed. It's a completely useless programme, seemingly, but good for a few laughs.

Here's Out of the Water, distilled from 65,069 words in 4,734 sentences to 20 words in 20 sentences. 'Sentences' used here, by Word, in the loosest possible terms:

"Rosa!” Rosa! "Rosa?"
"Rosa! "Rosa!” "Rosa! "Rosa! Rosa!" "Rosa! "Rosa?" "Rosa. "Rosa!" "Rosa! "Rosa!" "Rosa!" "Rosa! "Rosa –"
"Rosa?" "Rosa."

I also tried the 25% summary option and got more repetitions of other characters' names with a few grins and smiles thrown in. Wasn't that fun boys and girls? At least I know I'll be getting rid of all those grins when it comes time to edit...

Thanks to all of you that have come over from Karen's BBQ Blog Party and followed me!


Clarissa Draper said…
Oh, it sounds totally useless and yet so fun! Thanks.

hello to a fellow Canuck! And fellow middle grade writer too! Great to meet you. New follower!
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks for following back :-)
Oh wow. I ought to try that out! I've never heard of it ... hmm. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :o)
Al said…
Hi Deniz
wasn't Karen's BBQ a great idea?

I have always thought auto summarize was one of Word's better features :-)
Deniz Bevan said…
Shucks, AutoSummarize might work for essays and non-fiction, but it sure did nothing for my novel! :-)
Lola Sharp said…
I didn't know that feature existed either. But, I have the Mac version of Word, which is different. So I'm not sure if I have this feature, and it I do, if it is as lame. I'll be checking it out though. :) (Yet another procrastinating devise to avoid slogging through revisions!)

New here...followed your trail from my blog (thanks for stopping by) and from the BBQ. Nice to meet you. :)
Lynda Young said…
lol, I didn't know it existed either. Amusing though ;)

W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey
Ha ha ha! I've never heard of it, but it looks like fun. :-)
Terri Tiffany said…
Thank you for visiting my blog! I will check out some of those links:)
Deniz Bevan said…
I can't wait to try it when the novel's finished!
Thanks for stopping by everyone :-)

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