You know my promise of late? The one that said I would take my pointy, right-sided brain firmly in hand, and retrain it to play nicely with my left? Hahahahaha!
Yes, peeps, that’s code for “I need your help”. (Either that, or a wife — which is possible in this country, you know. Same-sex marriages have been legal in Canada for over two years. Interestingly, we haven’t become Sodom and Gomorrah North, though I’ll concede we’re in early days of the experiment).
But I digress. The clue I’m in trouble? This sticky note, pasted electronically to my monitor, courtesy of my children and the new Windows 7:
But kids are one thing. I can handle them.
What I’m actually worried about is that lack of organization extending itself to my precious Word files. I can see the warning signs already. Two days ago I overwrote a document I’d taken five hours to write, replacing it with the earlier version. The only thing that saved me is that I had a backup stored on a flash drive. I do NOT want to go through that stress again. (I have regular nightmares about overwriting my work.)
So will you share your computer-file organizational tips with me? Specifically, I’d love a way to make a succinct file name that could tell me the following at a glance:
1. Manuscript name (because I’m working on three novels, my crit partner’s stuff, blog posts and other writing detritus)
2. Date issued
3. Which portion of the manuscript is being sent/received – this will generally comprise a chapter, although not always
4. The version of the manuscript being sent/received
This latter one is critical. You see, I’m sending a chapter’s-worth of pages to my two crit partners every week, and receiving theirs in exchange. Sometimes my pages are returned to me electronically, with comments included. Each week, then, it’s possible for me to have four versions of my own work:
1. The original
2. The original, with comments from Donna
3. The original, with comments from Dawn
4. The revised edition, taking into account their feedback
I am sure there is a simple nomenclature that will accomplish my goals, but I haven’t got it. Anyone here have suggestions? How do you organize your writing? And while we’re at it, have you ever overwritten or misplaced a file because of organizational issues?