Apr. 23rd, 2012

kristen999: (H Steve Crates Hiding)
I'm re-posting a modified version of my saving documents tips from last November because in the last two weeks, I've seen a half a dozen F-List disasters that have resulted in the loss of their stories, fics, or drafts. (Hugs you guys. I've been there)


I save all the time when I write. Pretty much after every few paragraphs I hit save. It's just one keystroke and it becomes a habit.

Don't just save to your hard drive.

Save your story to a flash-drive or to some other source. The one time you write 2k in one night is the one time your HD fails. A 4 GB flash drive is under $10 and can hold hundreds of novel length books. External hard drives are also great but can be pricey.

Use a free online app. Googledocs and Dropbox are online services that allow you to save tons of documents, edit them, and share privately with others like your beta.

Every time you write, e-mail yourself a copy of your fic. It's habitual. This way if your computer is hit my lightening, you've saved the latest version of your fic that is accessible from anywhere. I swear it becomes like second nature. When I'm done writing for the night, I send myself the doc. (I always delete the old one in my inbox after I send myself the newest one)

I also number my drafts. If I decide to go in and tweak a draft for some reason. I copy it and rename my new file Version 2 or V3, V4, before I make drastic changes. This way if I write for a bit and realize I liked the older version better--I have the older version in my writing folder.

Whatever you do, whatever works best for you. Make it a HABIT. And do not just save in one spot or use one method. Use more than one.
kristen999: (H Steve Crates Hiding)
I'm re-posting a modified version of my saving documents tips from last November because in the last two weeks, I've seen a half a dozen F-List disasters that have resulted in the loss of their stories, fics, or drafts. (Hugs you guys. I've been there)


I save all the time when I write. Pretty much after every few paragraphs I hit save. It's just one keystroke and it becomes a habit.

Don't just save to your hard drive.

Save your story to a flash-drive or to some other source. The one time you write 2k in one night is the one time your HD fails. A 4 GB flash drive is under $10 and can hold hundreds of novel length books. External hard drives are also great but can be pricey.

Use a free online app. Googledocs and Dropbox are online services that allow you to save tons of documents, edit them, and share privately with others like your beta.

Every time you write, e-mail yourself a copy of your fic. It's habitual. This way if your computer is hit my lightening, you've saved the latest version of your fic that is accessible from anywhere. I swear it becomes like second nature. When I'm done writing for the night, I send myself the doc. (I always delete the old one in my inbox after I send myself the newest one)

I also number my drafts. If I decide to go in and tweak a draft for some reason. I copy it and rename my new file Version 2 or V3, V4, before I make drastic changes. This way if I write for a bit and realize I liked the older version better--I have the older version in my writing folder.

Whatever you do, whatever works best for you. Make it a HABIT. And do not just save in one spot or use one method. Use more than one.
kristen999: (H S&D whyme)
I know we've had a very mild winter, but still! I wasn't feeling well yesterday so that means I've got to slosh through this mess later to go fill my cupboards. With all trees in bloom and wet snow they expect power outages. Maybe I'll take pictures.



Even Alex is like, seriously?





**look at his cute feet!!**
kristen999: (H S&D whyme)
I know we've had a very mild winter, but still! I wasn't feeling well yesterday so that means I've got to slosh through this mess later to go fill my cupboards. With all trees in bloom and wet snow they expect power outages. Maybe I'll take pictures.



Even Alex is like, seriously?





**look at his cute feet!!**

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