What a Mess!

It seems that with my off again, on again process of writing, I now have 4 versions of my novel.  What have I done? !!

The original version has some really great parts, but a weak back story.  So I started the novel over again from scratch!

Enter version #2.

This version has taken a completely different route from the original.  While having the same End Idea as the original, the route it has taken getting there is much darker than I care for.

At some point along the way, I started with a version that was saved from something previous.  I opened the wrong document when I started to write and I created version #3.

After vowing to Just Write The Damned Story, I’ve been making pretty good progress on my novel.  But I have discovered that I made the same error, opening the Wrong Damned Document.

So NOW I have 4 flipping versions of my novel!! Every version is just a little bit different, because every time I would sit down to write, I would just take off from the last sentence on the screen.  I never seem to go down the same path twice.

How to fix it?  I’ve been really frustrated about this the last couple of days.  I’ve got a lot of work involved in this mess.  But I think I’ve come up with a solution.

I’ve gone through and carefully looked at each version and renamed them Versions #1, #2, etc.  This should eliminate future confusion.  I think now I can copy and paste into a Master Version.  I hope.

It sounds like a good idea in theory.

What a mess!

About Penny Wilson Writes

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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15 Responses to What a Mess!

  1. Pingback: Learning Scrivener | Penny Lane Writes

  2. Yikes. I’m sure you’ll get them all together! I’m easy, I just use one file on Scrivener. And I write from chapter one to the end. I don’t do scenes here and there or this bit then that bit. I have to write like I read or it just doesn’t make sense to me!


  3. notdonner says:

    Take heart! I read recently that Jack Kerouac lost his manuscript and was so frustrated he wrote the entire story of ON THE ROAD, in one (state unknown) sitting on a single roll of paper….. at least that is what I remember…


  4. kristinaboucher says:

    Ugh, yeah I’ve definitely done that before. I found that using notecards to create the initial outline, then typing the outline in a Word document, helps keep me organized. I check off each chapter I finished so I know where I left off and where I need to go. Halfway through my novel, I decided to change directions, so I took out my notecards and reworked the ending. I feel like the notecards actually helped my creative flow.

    Don’t stress about it too much! Going through each draft a few times is only going to help make an even more awesome manuscript. 🙂


  5. It sounds like you’re muddling your way through the drafts to come up with the one you want. Good for you. Keep writing.

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  6. trentpmcd says:

    When I’m working on a book, I start each day by creating a new file with the date in the title (i.e., open the file, immediately click “Save As”). Yes, that means hundreds of files. Then I do the same for the second, third, fourth and fifth draft… I only have two that’s made it to the second draft, but i know the other two I’ve written will go the same route.


  7. Ah, and this is why I save each version I work on of my books with the date that I worked on it.


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