One thing I learned this weekend is the necessity of always backing up your work. I was working on a 2500 word assessment task (in Power Point form) for my University course and I was nearly finished. Weeks' worth of research and writing had gone into this task. Just when I felt I was on the home stretch my cat jumped up onto my lap top, some how deleted several slides, and some how saved the deletions! Could any of you hear me scream? Argh!
Thankfully I always hand write my assignments first because it helps me map things out, make links to research, and correctly order each paragraph so my arguments flow. This mishap added about one more hour onto the assignment, but I could recover and submit it in time.
But what if I hadn't? Wow, I'd be a blathering mess by now, and I think my cat would be half way to the lost animal shelter where I found her (not really, I do love her dearly, and she only wanted to keep me company, although I did adopt her from a shelter. Perhaps that's why she was there in the first place? Thoughts for later...).
And so, I learned the cold, cruel lesson of always backing up your work. From now on, everthing I write will be saved in the following ways:
- I will save my document religiously
- I will email my document to myself every second or so time I save
- I will set up an email account specifically for my novel to keep track of research notes, drafts, ammendments etc (very important to keep track of changes in case I change my mind and want to change back)
- I will regulary print out my drafts/chapters so I have hardcopies
Does anyone else have any preservation techniques they would like to recommend?