Welcome back, new kids and veteran novelists. Today, I'll be painting you a little picture.
Of a new novelist in the throes of typing a new idea. An amazing idea. One that will, to the novelist's mind, set the market alight like Harry Potter. We're all sort of egotistical when neither inner nor outer critics are watching. Especially in the beginning.
Anyway. Weeks pass. Wonders happen. The story grows. As does the word count.
Things can't be better.
Until one day, the hard drive melts.
There is much weeping and gnashing of teeth.
"Oh that's silly," the veteran will say now. "All he should do is take out his... Oh... wait. He didn't back up, did he?"
When was the last time you backed up your writing? I know that there's this sense of "this won't happen to me", but I fear it will. I've lost tens of thousands of words because I didn't back up in enough places. So no. One flash drive isn't enough. I now have two portable hard drives and cloud drives where I keep my back-ups. Another easy solution is to e-mail the back-ups to yourself.
Generally, it doesn't even take long. So please, don't procrastinate on this. Every day you don't do it puts your work at greater risk.
One more word from the experienced, please make sure you're copying from the correct folder and pasting to the correct folder. Because if you replace the new version of a doc with the old, the new one can't ever be salvaged.
What's your record loss? How did it come about?