We’ve had a death. A death which includes thousands. Of words.
Okay, I’ll be less dramatic. But seriously, recently I lost hours worth of writing because I didn’t save and back up my novel!
Fortunately, I was one of the lucky few who were able to rewrite it all easily. Some people, however, lose entire novels to this madness!
You always hear those stories where the writer is writing- la-dee-la-dee-da- and then all of a sudden, the computer crashes. Or the cat unplugs the charging cord. Or the power goes out. Or they lose the flashdrive. Or they spill coffee on all of their notes. Or so many other things. So, the writer goes on a rampage because they hadn’t saved ANYTHING. All of their hard work is gone and they even Google how to get your unsaved files back and still nothing. The writer slowly collapses on the floor and licks the old coffee stains from the rug to survive before a family member finds them. But then, it’s too late. The writer is already dead inside. Months of writing is now gone forever and the writer has nothing to live for. The end.
I know- scary, right? So, to do yourself a favor, don’t forget to save, save, save. Every new chapter, save it. At the end of your writing session, save it. When it’s raining uncontrollably, SAVE IT. (I’m actually pretty sure that’s what happened to me. The power was constantly going out due to the rain and it made my computer extra slow and soon froze it completely. I then had to restart it and then I died. [Obviously not really, though])
Even better, every once in a while, save it to something. Create a Google Drive account, email yourself your novel, add it to a flash drive, print it out. DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF YOUR NOVEL!
(For more ways to back up your novel, I would check out this website- http://blog.katmellon.com/2012/10/10-ways-to-back-up-your-novel.html)
Now, go forth and protect yourself from such catastrophe! I’d hate for anyone else to go through what I went through (or even worse- losing their whole novel.)
To help other writers around you, tweet using the hashtag #BaUpYoNo (Back Up Your Novel) so they can remember. You’re saving lives (and novels) every time you use it.
If this does happen, Twitter is a great place. Your followers can be your best friends in dire situations like this because it’s happened to them too! They can be like a support group! (Or if no one wants to comfort you, I’m always there to help. You can always tweet me, message me, comment down below, or even email me [All my links are in the ‘Let’s Get In Touch’ page at the top of this screen])
That’s all I have for you today. I hope this helped you on your journey to finishing your novel and even if it doesn’t happen to you, it happens to others so keep it safe!
That’s all I have for you guys today! Like always, I post reviews on Mondays, tags on Tuesdays, my favorite #1lineWed tweets on Wednesdays, sometimes excerpts or short stories on Thursdays, currently Camp NaNo updates on Fridays, and Random Ramblings on Sundays. I’ll see you all later but until then, keep writing, loves.
Find my previous post here: Almost There… | Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3