Backup your stuff

Backup. It’s a good thing.

I can understand not backing up your work if you write your first draft longhand. Many writers do. Once in the digital realm, however, backup is a necessity.

Just do it. There is no excuse not to backup in this day and age. There are so many options and safe, secure storage is cheap. Plus it only takes seconds! Here’s a list to get you started. I’m sure I’ve left out some.

  • Portable hard drive
  • Memory stick
  • Cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, etc.)
  • CD/DVD ROM

I’ve been in the unenviable position where a considerable amount of work has been lost due to a dumb mistake or equipment failure. It only happened once for the lesson to be burned into my brain. Back up my stuff. Repeat.

In fact, to be safe, back up in multiple places, like on a portable hard drive or memory stick and a cloud data solution. It’s cheap insurance. With writing, the file sizes are small and you’ll never run out of space. When things go wrong, and they will, I’m thankful I have a duplicate. Machines break. It’s in their nature.

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Since 1992, Lee has worked within the visual and dramatic arts landscape as a graphic designer, illustrator, visual effects artist, screenwriter and author.

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