I was writing a novel. I’ve been writing the same novel for almost three years now.
After a ten month hiatus from the novel, I decided to take a look at it again, see if I could approach it. Of course, I found a dozen drafts, and various chapters, strewn through my hard drive–and a few drafts and chapters absolutely missing! They were found in my various yahoo and gmail accounts (thank goodness for my practice of emailing myself valuable story and novel drafts).
Ugh. What had I done? While I liked most of what I read, and found some clarity with the plot and potential in places I’d previously been stuck, I don’t quite “get” my old organization methodology. What made sense to me last year, makes very little sense to me now–where is THAT chapter, where is the other draft? Is that draft missing a chapter? Oh, here’s the chapter–bleah. This indicates an interesting foray back to the novel.
What does everyone else do with organizing chapters and drafts for a novel in progress?