Wanted to mark this milestone. About a month ago, I accidentally deleted—well, overwrote—my fourth draft, losing major changes. It was heartbreaking and nausea inducing. I had my third draft, sure, so I wasn’t completely lost, but my third draft had errors that were fixed in my fourth and my fourth had new scenes and all that good stuff. So when I found that I lost it, I may have wanted to vomit. But that only lasted five minutes. Why? Because there was nothing I could do, and I was rewriting it anyway.
So I picked myself up from the carpet, went to bed, and began the fifth draft the next day. And today, my dear friends, I have finished not only rewriting the lost manuscript but completing the tense change from present to past! WOOHOO!
Anyhoo, happy writing! And may the cinco de mayo fourth be with you since I forgot to celebrate.