Now that I’ve started doing another draft, I’m back into an OCD need to save my work.
Back in the early Nineties when I was writing my third novel, I spent an entire day writing. I wrote 20 pages of what I thought was some pretty good stuff and my old Amstrad PCW9512 Wordprocessor collapsed under the pressure.
It died on me. Damned machine!
My first wordprocessor, a treat to myself on finishing my first novel, ate my work. Chomped on the bytes of data and, well, regurgitated away my hard work. I lost every word and whilst it was bad at the time, it did prompt me to save my work like the obsessive compulsive that I am.
I create a new folder on my laptop for each draft. I used to save to CD back when that was the done thing, I don’t do that anymore. Despite what you might think, I’m not stuck in the Nineties.
I embrace modern saving techniques and use portable ‘flash’ drives to back-up data. I bought a 1tb external hard drive that I can plug in and save EVERYTHING including my extensive music and photo collection.
Is that enough? Oh, no.
Tree’s have died for me to print my work. (I’m working on that dependency) It’s good to have a hard copy of your work. Good for a copy, good to read and to red pen, highlight or pencil notes in the margins. I’ve also been known to send a copy to my Kindle for when I want to read it anywhere.
The problem with the ‘flash’ and external drives is remembering where I’ve put them and then plugging them in. (I am lazy)
Enter the power of Dropbox.
I’d read a couple of posts about people using this service and checked them out. I downloaded the software in minutes and went for the FREE option which starts at 2gb of storage. You access the service the same way you do any other folder. You can even have it on your task bar.
Or open up windows explorer and the folder appears in the same way your other folders appear. Save your files, open your files or just view your files as usual. They are then available to every device you register for your account.
You can boost your 2gb storage by referring other people. Each new friend signing boosts your total storage, following @Dropbox on Twitter boosts you again. What more can you ask for?
Whenever I finish a chapter of my book, I do a back-up, compile Scrivener word file and save the whole kit and kaboodle to dropbox. It’s so easy my cat could do it. I now have more versions of my book saved. Even if my laptop packs up for good, I have everything I need to pick up from where I’ve left off.
For the record, I’m not on commission with Dropbox. 🙂 I’ve not even done the link so I get additional storage space if you sign up for an account. I have more than enough space left.
If you’re thinking of using one of these storage companies, I recommend you check this one out. They might be the one for you. They might not be. You might already use them. Let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading. And, happy storing!