The unthinkable happened this afternoon...I lost the copy of my manuscript that I've been editing for a week. It wouldn't have mattered if I'd saved it, either. I was deleting a paragraph on page 98 and must have hit the wrong key. I then clicked on the Enter key without noticing I'd highlighted the whole manuscript and poof, gone. I went from over 300 pages to page 1 of 1. Gone, all gone in a blink of an eye.
Wow, I couldn't believe it. Shocked and stunned would best describe my face. I immediately set about retrieving the manuscript, but no cigar. I couldn't find it! I checked the trash can icon and it wasn't there either because I didn't delete it, I simply erased it. Shoot. I didn't actually say "shoot" by the way...it was more like, "shit, shit, shit".
Thank the good Lord I have two earlier copies of the manuscript in my files, a hard copy and one copy of my editor's Track Changes, thank GOD. So, I started again. There was no sense in screaming, running around the house or getting mad, it was done and I had to accept it. I could say this was a disaster or put a positive spin on it. I'm no Mother Teresa, believe me, but what would have been the point in losing it or worse - giving up? I guess I am getting wiser with age or I truly have gone nuts.
So, I just chalked it up to life. Live and learn. I am a fan of things happening for a reason, so who knows? Maybe this version will be THE one. Maybe this was meant to happen and maybe not. I had a choice and I made it.
I made a copy of the manuscript with my editor's Track Changes and decided to begin on page one. Yes, page one. I decided to focus on re-removing (that might not be a word, but it aptly describes what I have to do!) all the "ly" words, the adverbs throughout the entire manuscript and tweaking dialogue without the adverbs. It's going faster than the first time and along the way, I've remembered dialogue that I'd tweaked before, places where I'd made changes, and remembered to delete unnecessary paragraphs. Carefully deleted, mind you!!
I've certainly been through much worse in my life and I survived. I shall survive this, too :) It's not life or death for goodness sake. I'm happy and healthy; my kids are happy and healthy and that's all that matters. It's all good :)
Be careful with your writing, editing and saving!
Peace and love,