As an absolute newbie to Scrivener and word processing who is trying his hand at writing a novel for the first time I’m just about ready to go back to my typewriter of old. Yes, sorry to say, I am that frustrated. My “most basic” question is this: What, precisely, should I do at the end of a writing session if I choose to turn the computer off? And, what do I do the next morning to get back to where I left off writing?
Since beginning with Scrivener almost a month ago I’ve usually left the computer on at night. So it was never a problem to get directly back into the work in the morning. In the last ten days, however, I have occasionally turned the computer off at night, remembering to back up to dropbox and a flash drive manually. I assume I did this correctly but I am not sure, given my scrambled brain at the moment. However, I know I have backups of some kind in those places. (As well as in Time Machine, I assume, since it is connected to an external drive)
My most basic confusion is with the “Project Templates” window buttons “Open Recent” and "Open an “Existing File.” Because: To me a recent file is also an existing file, and vice versa. What’s the difference? Obviously, both will show half a dozen recent and existing files. So, what do I need to do to simply go back to where I left off writing?
Complicating matters for me even more is that I just lost about two hours of writing for a scene. (I am still no farther than my first chapter, and after some panicky searching of various backup files I did find what was “lost.”) But I have no clue how I lost the scene in the first place --I’ve also had problems emptying the trash, but can’t imagine how the scene would have gotten into the trash. It seems the Trash icon is most often - but not always - grayed out. Why is that?
On a similar matter, I have read quite a few posts regarding backups and backup strategy. And the more I read the more I realize that, apparently, there is no consensus on what is the best practice. Again, as a newcomer to ALL of this, I assumed that storing “in the cloud” was the best thing ever. Until I read about corrupted files, danger of theft, etc. Life as we know it is a risk, but is there really no reasonably safe way to go other than making five or ten backups in different places every time we stop writing for awhile? I’m at the edge of thinking that Shakespeare would have given up writing cold turkey if he had faced the kind of electronic complications present-day writers have. Which makes we wonder: how much of this is paranoia, or marketing, or touting one’s own preferences, etc.
Sorry to go on and on. My most basic question really is: How do I set up Scrivener to automatically - or at least simply - take me back to where I left off writing the day before? I seem to remember someone here saying that “Scrivener will remember where you were …”
If I get through this “little” glitch I suppose all the rest will become clear to me eventually. All suggestions for a SIMPLE working plan are greatly appreciated. Thanks a million for your patience with this old codger.