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My computer died right before my junior year of college and years of work, much of which I was proud of, died along with it. I put off backing it up. There was never enough time. I don't have that mentality anymore. I didn't write for almost two years because of how discouraged I felt from losing my all of my work.
It's a horrible feeling to know you lost all of your hard work when it was preventable. There are several ways I keep my work safe from computer failure (now) and I recommend you do the same.
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1. Hard Copies
One way that I keep my writing safe is by printing hard copies. Now, I don't necessarily recommend printing the first draft of everything. If you're writing a novel though, that's definitely a good idea! I have a two drawer filing cabinet next to my desk. One drawer is important documents and the other is for my writing. I have folders for poems, essays, and manuscripts. You can organize and store in whatever way you prefer. I also have a brown Sterilite drawer (shown below) on my desk with writing ideas and inspiration.
Here are some examples of good places to keep your hard copies:
Writing.com is a platform and community for writers of all skill levels. You can create your own portfolio and make your work available to be read publicly or keep it private. If you just want to use the website to store some of your work, that's acceptable and allowed. You retain the copyright for all of your work as well. Some perks of Writing.com:
You can check out my account here. If you decide to make an account, let me know so I can 'fan' you and read your writing! Click here to create your account.
5. Microsoft OneDrive
OneDrive is similar to Dropbox, in that it's a personal cloud software to store your documents and photos. I use both free versions of Dropbox and OneDrive, but I prefer OneDrive. Here's why I like OneDrive:
I personally utilize all 5 of these methods to protect my work, not including utilizing my laptop storage. I would highly recommend backing up your work in multiple places, as well as keeping hard copies (at least of the work you really love).
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