horrifying runaway deletion

Good morning!

Writer’s worst nightmare. I was just writing and suddenly it was like the delete key got stuck and my words were disappearing quickly before my eyes. If I clicked and held, the deletion would stop, but when I released the mouse, it kept going. Like a monster! I ended up shutting off my laptop but lost several hundred words.

Is there something I can turn off so this never happens again?

Software-driven deletions generally affect entire blocks of text, not character by character. Usually, something like this indicates that either your mouse or keyboard is physically stuck.

It can also happen if, for whatever reason, you’re scrolling faster than the display can refresh.

If you haven’t already, you might check to see if one of Scrivener’s backups contains the missing work. Go to the Scrivener -> Preferences -> Backups pane, and click the button to open the backup folder in Finder.