Normally, I’m pretty good at computer shortcuts. I use them all the time, both for writing and for work. It’s one of the reason my more… ‘senior’ coworkers think I’m so fast on the computer. I’m pretty good at realizing when I’ve made a mistake and fixing it. Control-Z is my friend.
Sometimes, I admit, I do struggle to switch from my work (Windows) machine to my home (Macbook) one. Usually I try to hit control instead of command (or alt instead of control, depending on where I am and how hard I’ve been working). It usually doesn’t work but doesn’t screw anything up, so I laugh and move on.
This weekend, I screwed up.
It wasn’t funny.
I had just spent two hours working through the plot summary (step 6 of the Snowflake method, if you’re curious) for my novel’s potential sequel. It was brilliant, it was witty, it was even charming. And I promptly accidentally deleted it (I won’t go into cutting versus copying and why I should have done one and not the other). And my trusty command-Z apparently doesn’t work on Scrivener.
I was crushed. Just ask poor Mark. Weirdly, I was more angry with myself than sad, which is a nice change over crying in the corner for a few hours, but it wasn’t exactly pleasant. It was hard to admit that I’d made that kind of a boneheaded mistake. But I did. And now I know that cutting in Scrivener (at least my version) can’t be undone. So LEARN FROM ME PEOPLE! DON’T FOLLOW IN MY TRAGIC FOOTSTEPS!
All it will do is keep you up to 2 am re-writing what you lost.
[Which, oddly, only took about 25 minutes. Apparently there’s something to re-writing it right away. It lost some of the sparkle, but the function is all still there.]
What’s the silliest computer mistake you’ve ever made?