Nov 29

Scrivener Saturday: Revision Mode

This week’s Scrivener Saturday is on Revision Mode, which has more purposes than just revision.

The Revision Process according to Patrick Rothfuss

The Revision Process according to Patrick Rothfuss

TIP #5:  To get to revision mode, go to Format–>Revision Mode, and then choose a revision level (first, second, third, fourth, or fifth). The purpose of this mode is to track changes to your manuscript based on which revision your in.

For example, my first draft–all text is black. When I go through the first revision, anything I add or change, turns to a different color. Second pass, yet another color. By the time I’ve gotten my manuscript into its final form, it should be all modes of colorful!

What I love about this feature: Watching my manuscript evolve.

Unique bit about this feature: You don’t have to use the revision mode for revision. I’ve met some authors who use it to track:

  • Point of View: Chapters in Bob’s POV are red. Chapters in Mary’s are blue. Then during revision, if you catch something not Bob’s POV (which it should be), you know you need to change it.
  • Scene & Sequel: Like above, chapters that are scenes are green. Chapters that are sequels are blue.

And so on. The possibilities are endless.

Anyone have a unique way to use this? Feel free to share!

Check out the whole series of posts here.


About the author

Raven Oak

Bestselling science fiction & fantasy author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan’s Blood, Class-M Exile, and the collection Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays.

She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet. When she's not writing, she's getting her game on, enjoying cartography, or staring at the ocean.

She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.


Wow. I've actually never used this feature. It sounds as if I should! I want my manuscript to be a rainbow of colours! :P