The pen is mightier than the sword…but the computer rules
Well, it does! A few years ago, in Australia, John inadvertently deleted chapters of work on his laptop. All our combined attempts to retrieve the loss, failed. After much unprintable exasperated expressions, he finally reconciled this as an opportunity, to rewrite the lost passages and diligently save, at every pause.
Last year, it happened to me – lightning struck, literally! I searched for my back-up and found instead of copying, I had transferred my entire work onto the sizzled USB. I despaired, as I found my email copies were short of a third of the original; then found I had a hard copy of the entire manuscript! So, I am in the same situation, of rewriting. It can be extremely demoralising, a painful lesson, but of course an opportunity to write the story all over again. ‘Luckily, it is only a novella,’ I said, but the energy devoted to writing could be all-consuming. On the other hand, it is rewarding, nevertheless, when it flows. In such times, I feel that I am just an instrument, as the story tells its own tale…
The incident taught me the fundamental rule is, to save, save and SAVE!
However, when disaster strikes, after spiralling down, there is a realisation that ‘there is no use crying over spilt milk,’ and a resolution springs from the ashes of despair, to pick up the pieces and start building afresh. It is more a lesson, in how to cope with the unpredictable. What made me print the entire narrative of about fifty thousand words, in the first place? That is another story.