I'd written up to a scene I'd written two years ago - but where was it on my computer? I finally found it (note to self: find new file naming strategy) but then couldn't open it because I'd written it in Appleworks on my old Mac G5. I became obsessed with opening the file because I knew that I could just rework the scene a little and my word count for the day would be done. Plus, the scene was great - I just knew it - in fact it could be the best scene I've ever written, if only I could open it.
I trolled around the Mac Appleworks forum but the discussion was far too techy for a mere mortal such as myself. Was it really that hard to convert old files? More panic - had I lost everything I'd ever written in Appleworks? Sure, I had hard copies. Somewhere. I think. But I hadn't moved them to the UK because I had everything on my laptop. Ughhhhh.
I eventually read that old Appleworks files could be opened using Pages and it was SO simple. Yea! I finally re-read my brilliant scene only to find it wasn't quite as great as I thought. In fact, aside from a few description lines, I couldn't use it at all. I had to write the whole scene from scratch after all. So much for shortcuts!
Do you have a good file naming strategy? How do you keep your chapters/books organized on your computer?