Kids, Don’t Try This At Home

This is me working on the first Daria novel.

I’ve got a version of the manuscript open on my laptop, at left, and a master copy open on the desktop. The laptop uses Pages and the desktop uses Word. The laptop is a 2012 model and you scroll away from yourself to move downward. On the desktop, you scroll toward yourself to do the same. Plus, of course, there’s some amount of ambidextrous typing involved.

Complicated? Oh, hell yes.

But it lets me maintain a pristine “master” version of the novel, which I can differentiate with the edited versions bouncing between my editor, my agent and me; as well as between my various computer platforms.



About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on June 30, 2012, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Kids, Don’t Try This At Home.

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