Using The Rainbow Editing Method [Editing]

Rachel Poli

We all know that I’m not the best at self-editing. I’ve gotten better over the years, but I tend to end up proofreading rather than editing. I know what I want to fix but can’t figure out how to fix it. So I skip it to “deal with it later.” And that’s not good for any writer and their novel.

I’ve decided to give myself a good kick and really make 2018 count. No more “prep” for this or that and then never following through. I like to think I’m a hard worker, but I’m pretty slow. I think I’m ready at this point to finally do something about my writing and I think it shows in my editing.

Using The Rainbow Editing Method | RachelPoli.com

A few months ago I talked about Rainbow Editing your manuscript. It’s all about using various colors for different parts of your novel. For example, I use the colors in the…

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2 thoughts on “Using The Rainbow Editing Method [Editing]

  1. Have always used different coloured highlighters and pens – though I tend to stick to red pen for writing in alterations. But I must also sing the praises of different coloured ‘post it’ notes. I allocate a colour to each major character, sticking them at the edge of the page so they stick out. Once you’ve marked each character’s activity (or a sub plot etc) you can then go through the MS looking at just that character checking they don’t contradict themselves and they are where they are supposed to be.- my MS ends up looking like a multi-coloured porcupine. And that’s just the 1st draft. I’ll repeat it until it is right.

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