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I've done this pretty often, in fact. And the first thing I do is–without rereading the dormant manuscript–write a very short (one or two pages) synopsis of the story as I recall it. It's been interesting to see what highlights appear in the new synopsis. What stands out after time away?
Then I answer some questions (again, before rereading the MS)
What's the story about?
What does the main character want?
What do I want for the main character?
What single scene do I love the most in the dormant MS?
Then I reread. It's always interesting to see how the manuscript varies from memory and my desire.