Too many manuscripts

Someone recently asked how I organize differing versions of my current manuscript. Because manuscripts change. Stories change. And those changes mean manuscripts change and must be organized so a writer knows which is the best one. This is something I struggled with for a long time. Years. And more years. Until I figured it out.

Since I work on a computer, I must save my work. I used to always add the words ‘latest version’ to the end of whatever the name of the work is that I was saving. And, of course, the date was always available to see which of several versions was the last one that I worked on and that was usually the one that I wanted.

That’s what I did and I was really proud of myself for being so smart.

Then I got really smart.

Now I simply, ruthlessly delete everything so there’s only one version — the latest one — and then I make a copy of that version that’s clearly labeled ‘copy.’ I mean, who cares about slight changes if the final story is decent?

It works better than anything else I’ve tried.

One thought on “Too many manuscripts

  1. Reblogged this on Ann Malley and commented:
    Have endless revisions already got you down this New Year? Check in with multi-published Forget Me Not Romance author, Florence Witkop, for some straight shooting advice to keep it simple.

    Write on!

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