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!