The 2:30 A.M. Surprise

What’s a guaranteed way for a writer to go into a full-scale, eyes-bulging, cold-sweat, heart palpitating panic attack?

Losing a manuscript that is 80% polished.

Or thinking the manuscript is lost.

I don’t know about most writers, but I’m a pack rat. Even when I delete scenes, I copy them into a file marked–you guessed it–deleted scenes. Since I’m a certified pantser, I tend to completely re-write my story from draft one to drafts two or three.

After the revisions have significantly changed the story, I save the manuscript under the same name but in a new folder. (See where this is going?)

If you’re thinking I grabbed the wrong one when I decided to get a little writing done at 2:30 this morning, you’d be right!

For several headache-pounding, heart racing minutes, I thought I’d accidentally saved the wrong file to my Dropbox account.

I hadn’t. It was my pack-rat tendencies coming out to bite me on the fingertips.

The craziest part? I had no idea that more than one version of the story existed in my Dropbox account.Β  Well, not anymore.

As I typed this, my adrenaline rush has worn off. I’m tired again. Back to bed for a couple of hours rest before I put in a full eight-hour work day on this manuscript.

BTW–my beta readers, you’ll have it by Monday. πŸ™‚

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2 Responses to The 2:30 A.M. Surprise

  1. Beth says:

    Sooooooooooooo happy you found it!


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