I’ve returned to the polishing stage of an edit of a novel – in this case, upping the pace in the middle of the story and bringing out more of the characterisation and scenery.  The writing process always raises the issue of keeping the work secure, as some years ago I spent ages trying to find a piece of writing that had got lost in cyberspace.  I never found it, but I sometimes wonder what I would have thought of the piece in question.  A case of one learns through making mistakes.

The key to back up, I think, lies in folders and creating as many as possible, a folder a day in necessary.  Instead of having a date in the folder name, consider using a relevent word from the story.  For instance, title of novel, “bar scene”. Text files don’t amount to much in terms of storage (unlike images and audios), so one a day does seem a good idea.

The next stage involves the backing up.  I like to save the file in as many formats as possible.  Word Doc.  Web Page, Filtered.  PDF, although this last one doesn’t always work.  I send the various files to three or more email accounts and also back it up on several USB sticks. The process can be tedious, especially when I’m in a hurry, but I think it’s better to take the time to make the work secure than to spend huge amounts of time later on trying to recover a document that has probably gone for ever.

Just a few of my thoughts.


Meanwhile, my two novels are available from Amazon in paperback and e-book.

Check out the reviews for Secrets by Lawrence Estrey.

Newspaper article on author.

EggHead by Lawrence Estrey: Questions And Answers

EggHead reviews

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