For a Blog Me MAYbe writing post, I am going to share a little a PSA about the (purported) timesaver that is Find and Replace.
Maybe you've decided, in the midst of rewriting your book, that a character's name needs to change. It happens--alliteration starts to annoy the crap out of you, or you realize two characters have the same one, or you simply have lightning-bolt inspiration for a better name.
And perhaps you decide that reading through the entire MS and manually changing the name is a waste of your time. Plus, you'll probably miss the reference in at least a couple of places, and then things will get really confusing for a reader. So you decide to use "Find and Replace" to swap names.
If you are changing Penelope to Leah, this is probably fine.
If you are changing Ned to Heathcliff, this is probably not a good idea. If the name can be a part of any other word, proceed with caution unless you want to find many, many instances like this:
It dawned on her that he was right. --> It dawheathcliff on her that he was right.
Mrs. Tripp owned the cupcakery. --> Mrs. Tripp owheathcliff the cupcakery.
Technology = not always making life easier.
What mistakes have you made thanks to MS Word/Scrivener, etc.? What changes do you insist on making yourself, the old-fashioned way, thanks to snafus like this?