Lately I have been seeing a lot of posts on blogs and on Facebook where authors have worked hard on their works in progresses and the unthinkable happened. Their computers crashed. I figured I would put this out there seeing how I went through the same thing about a year or so ago.
I was about 60,000 words into Silenced when I got the blue screen of death. I panicked. The desktop was the only computer we had and all of my documents, pictures, etc... was gone. Yep, no way to get them back. Not sure how it happened but when my computer crashed, my hard drive was wiped clean.
Not only did I loose my daughter's third Christmas pictures among others, I lost all my work on Silenced. I was at a loss on what to do. My computer guy couldn't get any of the items I wanted the most back.
Since then I have found several ways to back up my work. As an author that totally supports all other writers out there, I want to remind you to back up your work. You won't regret it if the unthinkable happens.
I went out and bought thumb drives. Once I crawled out from under my bed and put my big girl panties on, I started over again. Each time I saved, I made sure to save the document on each thumb drive. I keep them every where. I have them in my car, purse, and various places. (I'm even thinking of if there ever was a fire in my home... my work is backed up in other places).
Please do yourself the favor and back up your work. I wanted to throw that out there and send a reminder to those who haven't done this yet.