Daily Archives: May 12, 2015

A Rainbow of Revisions

I’m in the process of designing a few new courses one that is related to research, another that’s specifically geared for citations, and another one solely on revising.

Today I’ll show you how I go about with my revisions in Scrivener. It’s a little repetitive so bear with me.

Below is the first chapter in Julius. I’ve revised this chapter so often I’ve lost count. However, it’s been a while since I worked on it, and now that I look at it again it does need some cutting and tightening up.

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What you see in the image is the Binder with my scenes in Part One. Each one is color-coded by POV. I have selected in the Editor the page layout of WYSIWYG. In the Inspector, I have my synopsis, the POV, and the Status. No notes.

The first item on my revision agenda is to take a snapshot of this scene:

1. Select a document in the Binder, Corkboard, or Outliner.

2. Go to Documents->Snapshots->Take Snapshots of Selected Documents. You’ll see in your binder, the text file icon has a folded corner, indicating that it has one or more snapshots. The snapshots icon in the Inspector’s footer will have an asterisk that indicates content.

To view the snapshot, click on the Snapshot icon in the Inspector or view it via Documents->Snapshots->Show Snapshots.

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I named the snapshot Alvah Watches Part 1. I typically remember what version I’m working on, but I promised myself to become obsessive-compulsive with keeping track of revisions. Now I’m going back to my general data and editing the Status so I know I started this revision on May 12, 2015. This step is optional, but if the revision process is long, you might want to do this to keep track.

An aside: Before I get any further, if you’re a track changes aficionado, you will be disappointed. If you like pretty colors, as I do, you’ll be as happy as a leprechaun riding on a unicorn.

Next, go to Format and select Revision Mode. The first revision will be in red.

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Once I’m in revision mode, a window will pop open, alerting me that I’ve entered this mode and that my revisions will appear in the color selected.

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As I edit my text, I decide I want to move a paragraph. I copy it and move it to its new spot, and use the strikethrough function (Format->Font->Strikethrough) from where I had it originally.

After I’m done with the red revision I take another snapshot and name it Alvah Watches Part 1 Red revision (Scrivener also provides a date and time of when the snapshot was taken).

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I’m not quite satisfied and want to make another revision. Back I go to Revision Mode, and I select the blue for my next round. I make my changes, edits, and take another snapshot.

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I want to tweak it one more time. I select the green color for the third revision. When I’m done, I take another screen shot and name it.

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Next I want to remove all my revisions. I go to Format->Revision Mode-> Remove Revisions. What’s leftover is the crossed out text. I delete that and take one final snapshot. Now I have a record of each revision via snapshots.

I change the status of the text to Done and create a Collections file labeled as Revised Copy.

And here it is:

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It’s shorter, tighter and has Alvah’s distinct voice.

What’s your revision process in Scrivener?