Insert This

Do you have places that need some work done in your manuscript?
Do you mark them with "insert spiffy episode here"?

Do you use "insert" to flag things that aren't finished?

A word to the wise: search for all instances of "insert" in your sample pages and your manuscript before you start sending it out. It's not a deal breaker, but why look like a nitwit who can't read if you don't have to, right? (insert pithy remark here).


Bonnie S. Calhoun said...

I don't mark the pages...I'd never find it again. I make physical notes on paper. I'm sorry to be a tree killer, but I love paper and a pencil. I always have them at my fingertips.

Unknown said...

I was once hired to 'fix' a script the day before it was to be shot. When I was handed the scene that needed to be 'fixed', one character was supposed to tell a joke to another character and the script just said - 'insert joke'.

Stay At Home Writer said...

I must go through more reams of paper than anyone else I know. Costco and I have become best friends. Give me a stack from my ms and a colored felt tip pen and I'm a happy camper - gross isn't it?

Bonnie S. Calhoun said...

I'm with you, stay at home writer, and when I'm done with the pages I keep them in a stack beside my desk and use the blank back sides for plotting, notes etc. I don't have a Costco but I have a Staples and OfficeMax. I watch for the sales!

Bernita said...

I print it out.
Sometimes things look different on paper.
When I run out of margin for notes, there's sticky notes, pretty colors, cheerful.

harridan said...


I did this! I sent a partial in email as requested and missed one spot where I'd left a note to myself. Something like (might want to expand on this thought.)

When the publisher sent an email asking for the full, she added "Oh, and by the way, on page blah blah you'll want to take out the little note to yourself.)

I was mortified, she thought it knee-slapping funny. Must have caught her at a time of day when no one had given her any grief yet.

Since I still do all my editing on the computer--never mastered editing on paper--I now use the hilite function in Word to put my notes in bright yellow. Hard to miss even in a printed doc. LOL

Sela Carsen said...

Thankfully, I've never sent it out as such, but as I write romance I have actually included the words "Insert boinking."

Catja (green_knight) said...

If you use Word, you can mark notes as hidden text - which means you can use Fonts and colours that will jump out at you, but which won't turn up when you print things.

Rhonda Helms said...

I do comments in Word, so I can track where I need to insert scenes and such.

BorderMoon said...

I put in double or triple asterisks, and then search on ** to find my notes to myself, such as "insert route to Podunk here". It works for me, as long as I remember to do one last search before sending anything off!

Rei said...

Heh, on the other hand, you might actually have meant it ;) From my current work:


"Broaden the investigation, Ien."

"What? Hold, now, don't tell me what..."

"Ien, this is the most incredible discovery in history. Not just the most important since 'insert-discovery-here'."

"Now lets not overstate... Did you just say 'insert-discovery-here'?"


Who knows if it will survive the relentless editing scissors, but hey...

Robin L. said...

This is why I actually use the "insert" command to add a comment as a little red balloon. Easy to see. Easy to delete.