Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Step One: Print out old chapter draft.

Step Two: Make notes on old chapter draft, both in margins, to indicate topics, and in text, to edit.

Step Three; Using marginal notes, construct new outline for chapter.

Step Four: Unthinkingly toss out old chapter draft, complete with very helpful text edits. Make sure to do this in a coffee shop, so when you discover your error the next day, there's no way to get the text back.


Dr. S said...

Oh my God.

Did you see Secretary? Remember that part where he has her trying to find the file that he's thrown out, and she hops in the dumpster? I'm imagining myself imagining doing that, if I threw out a chapter.

Dude. The good news is that the new version will probably all the better for your not having those notes. For real.

Belle said...

"$*%&^%!!!" Indeed. Holy Crap, Girl Scholar, that had to hurt!

I feel you pain. I woke this morning to realize I'd left my laptop (on which everything important is stored) in a distant classroom. Insanely, it was still there and is now back in my clutches. "$*%&^%!!!" again, just in solidarity.

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Would you believe that I went into my office for the first time in almost a week, and found the "lost" copy sitting right on my desk?


Dr. S said...

Oh yeah! Oh yeah! And you didn't even have to climb into a dumpster.