I had left my 022-based project open for days awaiting the moment when I had my current novel notes completed. I had really only added about 200 words or so to the bottom of the “Notes” document that was the dump for ideas as they occurred to me. When I thought I was at a “logical stopping place”, I would carefully upgrade to 024.
And then this morning, I had an idea for a short story. I went through my process to set up a new folder in my SVN repository. Okay, done. Then I created a new Scrivener project to start the short story. Okay, done.
And then I noticed that the old, crufty, up-for-weeks novel project was still open. So I closed that. Then I went back to…
Wait… Oh, no. I didn’t compile the novel project before I closed it, did I?
That probably means I lost those last 200 words, doesn’t it?
They’re gone, forever, aren’t they? (I check the .rtf files in the project folder.) Yep, gone forever.
But I’ll remember those 200 or so precious words about the final encounter between the pro and antagonist. Those bits of crafted dialog. And the overall carefully mapped out reason why the protagonist now has the capability to overcome the antagonist – I’ll remember that, too. Won’t I? Please, tell me I won’t have to try to recreate that logic, those notes. Please? That’s why I wrote it down as soon as it came to me. That’s why I ran, yes, ran to the computer as quickly as I could. Because it came straight from my Muse that morning. And now, after all these days, it is gone in the Mist, as are all such ephemeral things that occur to me just as I wake up, while I’m still half dreaming.
I guess there is hope. But right now, that’s all there is.
Upgrading to 024.