I had been writing my book, Incanto: A Fairy Tale, as one giant Word document. Almost 200 pages so far, and it was getting to be a bear to navigate, especially if I decided I needed to add a quip back in Chapter 7 so that Chapter 20 would make since, or something like that.
Then it dawned on me. I should just save each chapter as an individual document! I know, genius, right? So I created a subfolder called "Chapters" and proceeded to make 23 files, for all 23 of my currently finished chapters.
Besides the time saver thing, this has afforded me a few other advantages:
- I can see which chapters are much shorter/less detailed than others. This makes revision easy.
- I can reorder my chapters much easier.
- I can copy and paste events between chapters.
- I can fact check my names/titles/language usage better.
Oh well, I'll revel in my own discovery. Now on to find this place called "America." I'm sure it's out there, somewhere.