16 March 2011

Silly Mistakes

Lesson learned: make completely new copies of your MS after it's been critiqued by someone.  I don't know how I did it, but when I copied and pasted edits into my MS I ended up deleting a chapter.  Thankfully, I had a version of that chapter from a couple weeks ago, but I can't remember how much I might have changed since then.  Oops.

What else have I done recently that's been a bit absentminded?  I had to re-write a certain part of a chapter twice because it didn't save.  I still think my computer was doing something funky there though and it wasn't my fault in not saving.

Let's see...I've torn up a piece of paper I thought I had copied all information and ideas off of, but actually hadn't.

I've also left a book I was using to research on the floor right where my dog could eat it up.  Thankfully she's grown out of that stage of her puppy-hood.  (The same day, she also chewed up my boyfriend's mother's book she was lending me.  Ugh).

I thought I left my idea notebook at work last week, before the start of spring break (I teach twice a week an hour from home), but it was actually stuffed under the seat of my car.  That about gave me a heart attack.  I carry that thing with me everywhere I go.

At least I've never lost an entire MS.  My computer crashed last year but I had already saved everything to the internet, a flash drive, and a hard drive.  It never hurts to be prepared.

What silly mistakes have you made in your journey of writing?


  1. I learned early, save, save, save, backup, backup, backup. The biggest problem I seem to have is knowing which version is the latest version. I've got to figure out how to make that clear in the file name. Oh, well, live and learn.

  2. Just about the only way I can keep track of versions is if I date them, Rupert March 17 etc. Otherwise I have no idea which is which.

  3. That should work for me too. I'll do that in the future.

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  5. How frustrating to lose a chapter!

    I always just type over my manuscript, but I periodically e-mail myself drafts, so I can go back. The reason I e-mail myself drafts is because I've heard too many horror stories of people having hard drives crash.

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