This is going to be a long post so please bear with me because I really need help. I'm working on a novel in openoffice.org3. I was getting toward the end of it but I cut something and then when I pasted it the document went haywire and jumped from 500 pages to over a thousand. Well I think what happened is it kind of took that part I cut and inserted it in all throughout the document and then added on an extra 400 pages of that part. It doesn't sound like that big of a deal except other parts are messed up, I think, but I can't be sure. Because the whole thing was kind of a mess in the first place and I was planning on fixing everything in my rewrite. It's been so long since I have even looked at the beginning and middle, that I hardly remember what I was going to keep, chop etc. This wasn't a big deal...until now...because now random pages are placed in the middle of other pages. Also, there is a ton of work inserted around the document that I got rid of long ago. So basically the whole thing is messed up. To make matters worse, when I try to scan through the thousand page document it will jump me around randomly, from say page 500 to a page in the two hundreds. So I won't be using openofficeorg anymore. That much is clear. But my question is, I heard sometimes people just rewrite their novel anyways. Instead of editing it they rewrite it. I am thinking maybe I should just start over and rewrite it. I also am wondering what is a good, reliable word document to use. I write on a macbook so hopefully something mac compatible. Finally, if anyone that has dealt with something like this, can give me any advice, I would be very appreciative. Specifically, to the people that have finished and published novels, did you rewrite it the 2nd and 3rd time, or did you more just edit it. Not sure if anyone on this site has been published, but I hope there is! thx!!