Asked • 08/03/19

How best to recover from catastrophic text loss?

This morning I had an accidental select all delete followed by auto save, which prevented me from just hitting undo. My novel became an empty file. I use MS Word.I had emailed a copy of it a few weeks ago, so was able to retrieve 628 pages. I must now reconstruct just over one hundred pages with a dozen plot points. I would like to come as close to the original as possible, but know most will differ.I have written each major plot point on a separate line followed by the word bookmark so I can work on them out of sequence and flesh them out properly. I use the word bookmark as a bookmark.Right now it is looking like:- Shooting at recital bookmark - Secondary protagonist gets shot bookmark- Flight through the woods bookmark- Tertiary protagonist tries to help bookmark Etc. Is there a better method of reconstructing prose? Or should I embrace the void and just write it completely differently?

1 Expert Answer


MJ T. answered • 08/13/19

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