I’ve been hearing many stories lately of writers losing portions of their manuscript, or even all of it, when their computer crashes.

This really doesn’t need to happen friends. There are lots of things that can protect your baby (your manuscript) from obliteration.

1. Get an online back-up service like Mozy or Backblaze ($5/month for a lot of peace of mind.)
2. Email yourself your ms once a week
3. Get a Mac. They rarely glitch or crash compared to a pc. Just sayin’.

Combat manuscript fatalities! We can win!


  1. Now, if only there was a way to overcome children fails. Every instance of manuscript difficulties in my life right now is the result of my kids playing with the current day’s work. 😉

  2. Yay for the Mac. Never a problem. And I always email myself the most current version of the MS when I’m finished for the day. It does save a lot of stress : )

    • Anita

    • June 3, 2011

    • 3:35 am

    Ooh, great reminder. I’m anal about backing up my stuff. I use a mem stick and an external back up drive. I’ve also heard the email tip; I’ve yet to try it but it’s a great idea!

  3. Seriously! Buy a MAC! I have a ten-year old mac that my kids use and it still works better than my husband’s laptop that’s two years old. YEAH.

    I use thumbdrives. They’re everywhere. I backup my whole big writing folder onto it almost everyday. Then I’ll find another one. IF I ever did lose everything, it might take me a moment to remember which one has the most recent versions…

    I also keep a printed version – even though they’re generally older cause I”m not printing it more than once, at least it’s there.

  4. What’s funny about this is that I’m WAY more worried about losing the small adjustments from a last draft than I am about losing the first draft. that’s just the story, it can be re-created. It’s losing all the small things that scares me.

    • Liesl

    • June 3, 2011

    • 11:49 pm

    Jolene, I hear you on the small stuff.

    Seriously I swear by the Mac. I can’t stand to use a pc anymore and I’m always laughing at my husband because he gets the “blue screen of death” every other day.

  5. Thanks for the tips! Losing the amount of changes that happen over the course of writing a novel would be tragic!

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