Monday, March 29, 2010
The Importance of Backing up Files: Yes, I'm One of Those
I'm busy editing away at The Guardian's Tree but here's a quick post to tell you one of the most important rules of writing that may seem different.
Back up your files.
You may be one of those kind of people that read stuff like this and then think, "Oh, what an irresponsible person. I would never lose my files, my computer is never going to crash" and so on and so forth.
Yeah, I was one of those too.
And then I lost TGT.
It all started...somewhere, I'm not sure where, but I lost my flash drive that contained the entire, single, completed draft of my novella. Not only was it the one completed draft, it was the only draft containing any editing. Oh, and did I mention that I only had 2,000 words left to edit on this draft?
Needless to say, I was crushed.
Thankfully I had emailed out half of the edited novella to a friend and so I was able to grab that. At least I wouldn't have to rewrite the whole thing. But I would still need to redo the ending--the most challenging part of this story.
So I searched and searched for my drive, still haven't found it.
I gave up for the time being and began searching my computer for old, scraped, files. And after a while I found an older completed draft.
But essentially, I'm having to re-edit half the story.
Imagine though if I hadn't emailed my file, or if I hadn't accidentally saved a back up long ago. That would be a tragedy.
Moral of the blog post: Back up your files--every five minutes.