Monday, November 3
When Was the Last Time You Backed Up Your Writing?
It's that time of year again, when many of us are carting our laptops around and writing in strange places--be it for NaNo Write Ins, or traveling to see family over the holidays, or sneaking out of the house while family is visiting to get some work done.
With all this mobilizing, the odds of a backpack slipping off a shoulder or chair go up. All it takes is one unexpected moment for damage to befall that computer we love so much. If that damage prevents us from retrieving thousands of words of our writing? Oh, the horror.
If you don't have a reliable backup system in place, take a few minutes today to set something up. There are plenty of free online options (I'm a big fan of Dropbox), but even a USB drive that you copy files over to after each session can save your bacon if the worst happens.
It's also not a bad idea to swap copies of your work with a writing buddy via email a few times a year. That way there's a copy of your work offsite in case of disaster. This is especially handy for older work we don't always back up regularly. Sure, maybe you haven't touched that novel in over a year, but it would probably break your heart to lose it.
Here's a more detail discussion of backups and potential options. If you have options you like, please share in the comments.
Thus ends my public service announcement for the day.
Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a series of self-guided workshops that help you turn your idea into a novel. It's also a great guide for revisions!
Janice Hardy is the founder of Fiction University, and the author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, where she tapped into her own dark side to create a world where healing was dangerous, and those with the best intentions often made the worst choices. Her novels include The Shifter, (Picked as one of the 10 Books All Young Georgians Should Read, 2014) Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The first book in her Foundations of Fiction series, Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure is out now.
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