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Writers Tip #106: Back up Your Writing!

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 your best writing in five seconds

A: Truth, I am the most paranoid person I know about my writing. I am the repository of all 109 books, ebooks, client reviews, and various and sundry products (growing every day) whose cumulative sales pay my bills. I have an external hard drive for back up, Carbonite in the cloud, a 128-gig flash drive that hangs around my neck so I can flee with my collection at a moment’s notice, and still I worry.

Here’s what else I do: Every time I write something I just can’t afford to lose (which is pretty much everything), I email it to myself. In MS Office, that’s a snap. Other programs–I just drag and drop the file into the email message. I set up a file on my email program called ‘Backups’. I store the email in there and it waits until I’m tearing my hair out wondering where that article I spent three hours on went?

I’ve never had to go there, but it feels good knowing it’s available.

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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 and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog,Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly 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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5 thoughts on “Writers Tip #106: Back up Your Writing!

  1. Pingback: Writers Tip #107: Back up a long WIP | Jacqui Murray's WordDreams...

  2. Very good advice. It’s so easy to forget when you’re hammering out the pages of a novel BUT I’ve been there and there’s nothing so gut-wrenchingly awful as seeing your work vanish.
    I had a trojan virus get in and almost lost everything on my laptop. Luckily I had backed up all but a few pages (and did manage to resurrect the hard drive after many hours). It’s not somewhere any writer wants to be though!


      • Too true. Forgot to mention previously but one of the other great ways to back up is to email documents to yourself.
        If you use a web-based service like Hotmail then the files are saved by Microsoft’s servers – which means if you ever lost your computer and your external hard-drive then all you need to do is find the old email and download it again!


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