Lately, I've gotten into the habit of numbering the rings in a pattern (R1, R2, etc) with the idea this helps keep your place and helps with refering back and forth between the text and the diagram. This beastie has grown from its inauspicious beginning to an ungainly 135 rings, worked in one pass, which is way too big a number, especially for fitting numbers into the diagram.
What should I do? If you were trying to work a pattern, which of these approaches would you prefer:
- Leave off the ring numbering altogether
- Number the rings up to 50, which would get you past the tricky parts
- At a certain place in the pattern, reset the numbering back to 1, which at least keeps it down to double digits
- Keep the numbers in the text pattern, even though it's a bit ungainly looking on the page, but only periodically place the ring numbers on the diagram after ring 50.