I printed my novel incorrectly.
How can that be, you ask? Surely there's only one way to print something?
No. That is not true.
Let me 'splain.
So I originally printed off the whole novel as soon as I was done with the first draft. Mostly it was just so I could stash it somewhere where Twin hangs out so she could find it and be all surprised. But also I figured it would have to be line edited anyway, so it certainly couldn't hurt.
Also I don't think I could have scene blocked without having it printed off next to me. I mean, I guess I could have written out each scene on a colored post it note by reading each scene on the computer. But really, that sounds horrible.
Also I've learned that if I find someone even remotely irritating (and by remotely irritating I mean, just barely intolerable) then I don't do it.
And scene blocking off a computer screen strikes me as something that is irritating.
BUT, all those reasons as to why I wanted it printed off doesn't counter the problems I'm now running into.
1. - I added a few scenes. These scenes are obviously not in my printed version
2. - I created chapter breaks
3. - I rearranged some scenes.
All of this leaves me with a version of my novel, printed out, that doesn't match the organization of the current novel.
And this is something I find irritating. For example, when I wanted to line edit chapter one, well the third scene in chapter one was originally scene 8, so I have to page through the novel until I find it. It's not that big a deal, but still. Kind of a pain when you have 325 pages to page through.
But, all of this irritation has led me to understand the correct way, in the future, to print out a WIP.
No, it's not chapter by chapter (or at least for me it's not).
It's scene by scene.
That way, I can move the scenes around individually whenever I want and not have to worry about chapters changing.
So when I'm done with this first set of line edits, I'm going to add page breaks not just after each chapter, but after each scene, to prevent any future irritation (and don't worry, it will be printed on the back of the current version. I don't want to waste paper)
Does this make sense? Am I crazy?