In Which I Share Embarrassing Tidbits of Information
I am technically challenged. Me and computers don't always see eye to eye. Honestly, they mystify me. And since writing-- for the most part-- takes place completely on one of them, I've learned a few things (slooowly) over the years.
Take for example my first book. I wrote that thing in chapters. Like most of us do. *grin* But I saved each chapter individually. All by itself. Do you know, that when you've written a 90K+ book, with some thirty-odd chapters, that amazingly enough, you don't remember what's in each chapter? Instead you spend A LOT of time clicking in and out of chapters trying to remember what is where.
I had a lightbulb moment when listening to Christine Johnson giving a NaNoWriMo talk at the library several years ago. She said she just wrote it all in one big ms. No separate folders for each chapter. Just one big word doc.
*BOOM* Mind blown. (gah, it's beyond embarrassing how clueless I am sometimes)
I only learned this year that ctrl A highlights an entire body of text.
And do you know how much I would've given to know that you can highlight an entire body of text, and drag the little marker over on the ruler-thingy at the top of Word, and thus indent hundreds of pages of text at once?
True story: Around two years ago, I stayed up 'til after 3 a.m. manually indenting every single line in a full request for an agent. Every. Single. Line. I got to about 75% and then had to give up. It was either that or go stark-raving mad. So I picked sanity and three hours of sleep.
Also, a few weeks ago, I realized I can search my inbox for emails. That's super handy!
Am I alone in my tech-stupidity? Please share any tales you might have-- it'll make me feel better!