Back It Up

Who turned out the lights? No! My words. All those beautiful words. Gone. What to do?

Has this ever happened to you? You are in the middle of something and the power goes off. Whatever you were doing is lost. Or is it?

If you have backed up your work, then no. It is still there. If you haven’t, you are out of luck. It’s gone. All of it.

Luckily, I got into the habit, a while back, of saving my work every few paragraphs. When the power went off tonight, I didn’t lose all of my work.

Yes, I have a backup battery system. Yes, it remained on. No, my computer didn’t. I have no idea why. I will have to figure it out later.

The electricity going off is not the only reason to constantly save your work. Sometimes, the program you are working in crashes. Sometimes, the computer itself crashes. Whatever you haven’t saved is gone, never to be seen again.

Also, it is quite possible you will forget to save your work before shutting the program down. Most of the programs probably will remind you to save first, if you don’t. Some of them might not. It’s too late if you don’t think to save something before shutting everything down.

Constant saving isn’t the only thing you need to do. Every few days, or when you finish a chapter, or when you think it is a good time to do it, back up that copy. Put it on a jump drive. Load it onto cloud or another online backup system. Email it to yourself. Don’t settle for only one backup. You never know when your computer is going to crash for the last time.

I’m not trying to jinx you. I’m just reminding you to be prepared. That power outage will happen. The computer will crash. You will shut down that program without saving. It’s going to happen. You can do things to make sure it isn’t a disaster.

So, when is the last time you backed up that work? I did mine hours before the outage. I had emailed it to myself. I still have it. I lost less than half a sentence because I had hit that save button seconds before everything went down.

If you haven’t already, backup that story. Someday, you will be glad you did.


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