Sunday, November 13, 2011

ROW80 Update: In Which Highlighters Save the Day

If you're just tuning in, here's the scoop on ROW80.

My revising troubles from last week backed me up a bit - but all your amazing comments on how to overcome the difficulties of switching around multiple scenes in a simple program like Word gave me many ideas.

Quite a few people mentioned how great the highlighter function in Scrivener is, which inspired some old school thinking. I ended up grabbing a bunch of highlighter pens to mark up the sections that needed to move using three different colors to keep track of where they would end up. It took about 10 minutes. 10 minutes! After all the time and energy I wasted thinking it was going to be tedious and sloppy and headache-inducing. Lesson: Learned.

Thanks again for all your help!! And for prodding me to keep going, too.

As for my progress - well, I'm a little behind on my revising goals, and need to push back my revisions deadline by one week. But with ROW80's philosophy, I do so with no guilt. It's the writing challenge that knows we have a life, after all!  Happy writing this week to you!


  1. Highlighters to the rescue :) I always end up using highlighters at some point in my revision process. Sounds like awesome progress. Good luck with the upcoming week!

  2. I love highlighters. I use them in my writing notebooks all the time. :) I'm behind in my revising too but like you said, ROW80 is all about acknowledging you have a life.

    BTW, did you see that the Saturday-only registration is open for Writer's Digest? Do you think you'll go?

  3. Yay for row80 philosophy and learning solutions. Best of luck for the week.

  4. I feel behind the curve: I've only used one color of highlighter for edits. I'm obviously missing out! :)

    Good luck with the revising. I'm in edits with my WIPs too. Best wishes with ROW80.

  5. @raelyn - best $3 i've ever spent!

    @ghenet - we'll catch up at write night on wednesday! and yes about writer's digest! i'm going to check out the schedule now.

    @katy - luck to you too, girl!

    @julie - the color scheme was the best part! my boyfriend was bristling when i bought a pack of six (i'm a tad obsessed with office supplies), but they were put to good use. good luck with your edits!

  6. Yay for highlighters! lol
    Even though I use Scrivener, I print my ms out to read it through. I don't know why, but it makes all the difference, especially when I have different color pens lol
    Keep it up!

  7. Fantastic!!! Sounds like a stellar week and here's to the ROW philosophy and being guilt-free.

  8. Good luck in your revisions. I'm still in draft mode, so can't wait until I get to revision mode.

    I despise printers (this is something I've despised since the 80s, it's not an environmentalist thing, I just detest them since they like to break so easily) - so I tend to revise electronically, but whatever works for you.

  9. It sounds like you've found a great way to deal with revisions! :)

    Good luck with your goals. I love how ROW80 lets you change them when you need to!

  10. Now there's a self-help book to write: "Revise By Colors: A Writer's Guide to Editing Your Novel".

  11. I like using highlighters too; so colourful! Hope you catch up to your goals!

    I should play around with my Scrivener more.

  12. @juliana - if it works, it WORKS!! haha!

    @natalie - thanks :)

    @mark - i end up going to staples - double side.

    @lauralynne - good luck to you, too!

    @ryan - i LIKE your thinking!

    @komal - i like how you spell colourful :)

  13. You're doing awesome! I love that you're trying out new techniques/theories on revision and figuring out what works for you. Can't wait to read those revised pages :)

  14. I love that solution! Highlighter pens. Go figure. :)

  15. @jodi - this century (and at least by our next critique group), there will be new pages to read. i swear!

    @bridgette - i like to indulge my love of office supplies...