I just lost some of my writing. And it hurts. Like a punch in the guts. Ouch.
Yes, you read right, I just lost the first 1000 words of the current chapter I’m working on. About two-thirds of the chapter overall. I saved over it, somehow.
My theory is that I saved yesterday’s NPI word count by accident. You see, I have this weird version of Microsoft Word on my laptop, a version which only does a word count for the entire document. So to get an accurate WC of the day’s writing, I copy the words over to a fresh document, and WC that. But somehow, the WC document got saved, not the chapter.
I’m determined not to get angry and upset over this. It’s no-ones fault over this (well, except mine…). I mean, it’s only 1000 words. How long can that take to retype? I wrote it a couple of days ago, so it shouldn’t be too hard to remember.
Fortunately, there is a moral to this sad, tragic event. Backup your work.
Sure, I backup my writing, but not often enough. I usually backup once a month, in case of a disaster, like theft or a house fire. I never really considered that I might actually delete my work like this. So my last backup was about the 1st of August. Which sadly, doesn’t contain my current chapter. I think it’s safe to say I’ll be backing up more regularly.
But I suppose not all bad came from this. I got a blog post out of it, and an easy ride with my WC for the NPI. The next few days will just be rewriting what I’ve already written.
What about you? Has this ever happened to you? How much did you lose? Where/how often do you backup your writing?