So I had a not very fun experience the night before last. I screamed, a lot, and not in the normal context of fun.
I've taken to a new application of the Side by Side view in Word. I've been pulling out sections that need detailed editing - be it a few paragraphs or a few pages - and putting the original in one side and the editor's version (with all changes accepted) in separate, blank documents. Then, I go line by line adjusting as I see fit. When finished, I copy and paste the final back into the master document.
If you do something like this, BE CAREFUL!
I know, I know, it should go without saying, but I did an incorrect paste. By the time I realized what I had done, it was too late. All my docs were closed out and - I think because I closed all the Word docs - my Word clipboard was cleared as well. The only reason I caught it at all was because I printed the pages since I had just finished a chapter. And I was short on pages.
So I guess my lesson - a big fat duh - is to double check after every copy/cut/paste between documents. It's hard when you get on a roll to slow down, but you'll thank yourself later. In the great big scope of things, I only lost about 45 minutes of work and two pages of editing. So I have no reason to complain, really.
I think from now on I'm going to keep my clipboard open while editing. I smell another post about Word - my best friend and greatest nemesis - in the near future.