Last week I illustrated my musings on what it takes to actually be a writer in one’s own eyes with an image which may or may not have been recognisable as the title page of my very first (unfinished) novel. I was eight years old when I wrote it.
Here is the first chapter. As you can see, I did, instinctively, what we are taught to do; went back and edited it. (A couple of years or so later.) I rather wish I hadn’t. Or at least, that I’d left the original unmarked and kept the alterations separate.
So here’s the question(s): when revising, editing or updating work on the computer, do you save a new file each time or overwrite earlier versions? Is something of the authentic original lost in the first enthusiasm of editing?