Monday, April 30, 2012

Z: Zebra


Nope I don’t have a pet zebra. In fact, I’m not actually going to talk about zebras the animals at all.
I’m going to talk about why I can never have zebras in my stories.
Here’s the scenario: Have you ever been editing your novel and you know a certain part needs fixing, but you just need time to think about it?
You could let your screen sit there while you ponder or walk or do whatever to get the creative juices flowing or you could move on. In moving on, if you’re like me you forget where the part is.
I mean it isn’t that big of a deal. I can find it again. But that takes time, scrolling through 300 some pages.
Here’s my solution. I have one word that I stick in as my finder word. Then when I am ready to write the parts I’ve thought about I do a Control + F and type in my word. It takes me to all the parts I need quickly and efficiently.
As you might guess, my finder word is zebra.
What nifty little writing tricks do you have?
Happy writing.

37 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your post Congrats on finishing the challenge.

    Yvonne.

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  2. congrat on finishing the challenge ( and thanks for the comments) and thats a really nice trick, I'm going to hold that one for next time I'm left to thinker on my novel mid writing :D

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  3. This is a great post and an awesome use of the word zebra.
    Congratulations on finishing the challenge and thanks for the tip!

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  4. Very interesting: never even thought of this. Now, you know, somewhere you'll have a Zebra protagonist that must be written! ;)

    Thanks for finding Tale Spinning. I'll come back and read your work. Congrats on making it to the end of AtoZ

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  5. That's a great tip! Congrats on finishing the A to Z!

    Laura
    A to Z of Immortals, Myths & Legends

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  6. That's a great trick to use. I may have to borrow that one. I usually just leave myself a note within the text in all caps, but a key word like that might be easier.

    Congrats on finishing the challenge. I'm still in recovery mode myself. :)

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  7. what an awesome idea! and way to finish the a to z!

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  8. That's a great tip!

    Thanks for the follow.

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  9. Genius! I always type in a bunch of XXXXXXX's in bold to make them stand out, but I still scroll through the pages which takes forever. This is MUCH easier!
    Thanks for the follow! It's nice to meet you!

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  10. WOW thats a nifty trick. I will soon be typing a story from some handwritten scratchings. Thanks for sharing that idea. :)

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  11. Good idea. Love the way we all share tips.

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  12. Good idea. I'll keep that one in my tip jar.

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  13. Wow, that's really cool! I'm going to start that practice.

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  14. I don't have a finder word as such. I use the hashtag #. It's saves loads of time, doesn't it.
    Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain

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  15. Ha! What a great idea, and I'm going to steal your idea and your finder word. I love it!

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  16. I've never dealt with this yet, but I'll have to save this in the back of my mind.


    Congratulations on making it through the A to Z Challenge. Join us on May 7th with your Challenge Reflections post.

    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  17. Hey, that's a great idea. Never thought of it before. Thanks for stopping by Writers Ally!!

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  18. Great idea! I usually scroll or try to memorize the page number--but that sounds like a much easier and faster method.

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  19. Zebras are a fave of mine!

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  20. When I'm stuck on a name or need to research a point, I highlight a section of the text in yellow. When I'm ready to go back and solve the problem, it's very easy to find.

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  21. Aloha Jessica,

    That's a *cool* tip :)

    PS: Thanks for the follow - am doing the same :)

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  22. PS... you earned a special mention in my latest post :)

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  23. Thats funny. Sorry I missed this post earlier. I used to do software development. Programmers put inline comments as they go to state what they're trying to do in case someone else comes behind them and can't figure it out.

    In my writing, I use square brackets when I need to note to myself what I need to fix later. [Like this and on its own line.]

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  24. I find thesaurus.com is handy for tweaking words that just don't sit well with me.

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  25. I enjoyed reading this post. You have a great blog.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  26. When I can't decide on the right wording I just put [those things, the squarish things, you know the ones] around the idea I want to revise. Then I go back later and zebra it.

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  27. That is a very nifty trick! I'll have to try that sometime. I usually just spend way too much time scrolling through pages trying to find that spot. :) And by the way, I love the quote and title of your blog! :)

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  28. I've been using dots!!! And then I never find them again LOL. I like that nifty trick, it's brilliant!

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  29. Wanted to stop by and say hello! Thank you for your recent visit to my blog. Have a wonderful day!

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  30. Wow that is a good idea. I usually just stick a couple extra spaces there so I'll see it when I scroll through, but your way is way faster.

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  31. Did you collapse after the A to Z Challenge was over, Jessica? :D

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  32. What a unique idea! I must try it!

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  33. I absolutely LOVE this idea! It's brilliant! I really think I'm going to start using it :)

    Great post. Thank you!

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  34. Jess, I can't find an email contact on your blog for you, so I'm having to do this by comment. I am so impressed by this post (really!) I'd love to re-post it on my blog and link it back to your blog. Would you be interested in your post appearing on my blog. Let me know. It's ok if not :)

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