Dear Authors: Please back up your work (multiple times if you can) #WritingCommunity #writerscommunity #writercommunity #amwritingfiction #amediting

I have been writing far too long for this to happen to me again. (My flash drive is corrupted and I lost some projects) I’m sure every author has experienced the loss of their work at some point. It isn’t a great feeling and can be easily avoided.

Or at least it should be.

So quick story:

When I found about my corrupted flash drive I emailed myself what I could salvage.

So, I had been neglecting a novella I started and wanted to dive back into that world. The only problem is that when I opened the word doc the word count showed 0.

Immediate panic set in. I know 6000 words isn’t alot, but it was mine. To lose it out of nowhere hurt like hell.

After searching through 300+ emails I conceded defeat…but only for a moment.

I took a deep breath and decided to write some notes to refer back to later. The story is in my head already. Now I have to write from scratch. I figure I will attack the synopsis first since I had that in my phone already.

In preparation for my (smarter) writing future I’m getting a new flash drive, downloading Google docs, and purchasing a scanner. Anyway I can preserve my work I’m going to do it.

I don’t want to see any other authors go through this. Backup your work multiple times if you can. Save yourself the heartache.

I’ve had enough for all of us.

-Marc Avery

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