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Writers Tip #107: Back up a long WIP

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

Today’s tip: How to back up a mss that can’t be emailed (a solution suggested in Tip #106)

Because you’re a writer, you’re eloquent. You work hard on your mss and want/need to back it up. More is better, so a simple external hard drive back up won’t do for the work that either pays your bills or feeds your soul. If it’s under 10MB, Tip #106 works–email it to yourself. If it’s bigger than that (tiny) file size, you have to be creative. You could upload it to DropBox or some other cloud-based folder.

Or, you can attach it to a web-based email and save it to ‘Drafts’. That way, it’s there, waiting to be sent, which it never will because it’s too big. The end result: It’s backed up.

I got this from those devious folk who communicate with each other subversively by sharing an online email account and leaving a message in the Draft folder, which is deleted once read. Clever, that.

We writers have another use for that devious trick.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog,Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is  editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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4 thoughts on “Writers Tip #107: Back up a long WIP

  1. I just did that for two non-fic books today. Before that, their only storage was a flash drive around my neck I could lose. Now, I have peace of mind.

    As usual, you’ve had a ton of feedback on your post on your new roof. Who’d a thought… How is the roof?

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