I had a lovely moment just now. I very nearly deleted EVERYTHING of importance from my WORK computer. Indeed, I did lose my yWriter files. My Work in Progress. I like to think that I am somewhat computer-savvy. But it takes one wrong button (two in my case) to screw up a whole world. Luckily I could retrieve everything again from a different location on my computer, even though Windows said "delete forever". Stupid Windows.
Now I am at a crossroads. I no longer have my chapter and a half that I have already written for my WiP. I must start from scratch. This is liberating and terrifying at the same time. I can fix all the mistakes that I made the first time around. The new version should be much better. But at the same time I am afraid that I will not be able to keep to my original (and awesome) story idea.
I have so many options now. Will I just rewrite what I had already written? Will I start completely differently and keep to my original story idea? Or will I write something completely different? I have been toying with the idea of changing my story's period and setting somewhat. A lot. I did not want to do it before because it would have meant rewriting what I had already written. Surprise surprise, I need to do that anyway now. So do I want to keep my original story idea but incorporate the changes I was considering?
So many decisions to make. So little time. I guess I will have to just start writing again and see where my imagination takes me. I do like plotting just a bit. But the plot (such as it was) stays essentially the same. It is just the supporting external factors that would change if I decide to change my period and setting. Although I might be very naive and in the end everything will be different. That is just a risk that I must take. It makes the idea of rewriting a bit more enticing, though. Who knows what will happen?
Have this ever happened to you? That you lost everything you've been working on? What did you do?