Revision Numbering

- by ria, on Wednesday, 29th September 2010, 11:28am

This is more of a note to self:

When moving on to a new draft be careful to save the file with a different number at the end. When I went from draft 3 to draft 3.1, I didn’t bother to create a new file. I figured the changes I was making would be small, a word here, a line there. Oh no. I rewrote whole paragraphs, deleting bits without considering that I might want to reuse some of the stuff I was deleting.

So, writers (and self), when you are starting a new draft, even if you think it is a simple proofread, please save a new file.

Numbering revisions

I usually save the large numbers for full rewrites. So the difference between draft 1 and 2 is pretty extreme, as is the difference between draft 2 and 3. I’ve pretty much nailed down the plot in draft 3, so revisions from now on will be 3.1, 3.2, etc. That is, until I decide I’ve changed enough of the core plot that it needs to be called draft 4. I don’t think that will happen any time soon.

Right – short post this week. I’ll have something a little more thoughtful next week.

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