Has anyone here ever turned a few pages of dialogue or a scene into a more condensed paragraph or two of exposition. I just did it for one scene in the piece I'm working on. I didn't like the scene as is ... how it was going - it was a little cheesy so I condensed it. So far it looks pretty good. I don't know how it will be through the read-thru, unfortunately I still understand the scene as I previously wrote it so I will get what I'm referring to. I don't know if the reader will. I'll definitely have to set it aside. But my mom has since got her hands on my handwritten copy by mistake ( gulp - that was nerve wracking ) so maybe I can ask her. I did like the power of the new condensed paragraphs, so much that I'm thinking of trying it again. The scene will be a nearly pure dialogue scene. I've tried writing it several times from two different angles - one resolving an argument, the other - flip side - escalating it. I'm not pleased with it hence the urge to switch it. There is someone watching and I'm thinking of having him tune out the words and instead of a blow by blow have him contemplating what's going on. Do you have any special techniques for turning dialogue or a scene into a more compact exposition. Right now I used a sentence pattern from the start of the story to start a contrasting comparison between two characters which I thought when well. This time I'm not sure what I'll do if I want to take one idea and make it the focus of the paragraphs.