This is my first post. As a writer, we go through many stages. Right now, I am currently taking a book I wrote about five years ago, and fixing it. What am I saying? Fixing it, is not the correct phrase. Okay, so here's the story. I asked a friend to read and critique my book. I gave them the entire printed version - yes this was before emailing it was possible. Plus, many of us writers were still resorting to editing hard copies instead of just using a computer all the time.
So, I waited and waited and never got it back. Finally when I asked for it, I was told it got thrown out. She didn't think it would be a big deal because I had saved it. In most instances this would not have been a problem. I did save it. Unfortunately my disc (a 3.5 at the time) became corrupted and I could not open it to retrieve all my work. Oh, I had bits and pieces of it, but not all of it. So, finally, after years of procrastinating, I decided to get serious and work on this lost book.
I should be honest here - I wrote five books in between, but I just always had this book in the back of my mind and longed to find the lost pages.
Then one day while reorganizing all my novel notes, I discovered a hard written copy of the first fifteen chapters. I felt saved. So, here I am piecing it all together and trying to fill in a missing 100 pages. That's correct, I have 100 pages I need to rewrite, hoping my memory will be able to pull out the plot. I do have the synopsis, but you and I both know that a synopsis, while a good road map, cannot give you all the nuances you need.
Over the past week, I have written 30 pages and am working on the rest.
My question - has this ever happened to you?