And I don’t just mean on your hard drive. Back it up on an a flash drive too.
If everything you write is on paper, photocopy it and store it somewhere sensible – in a completely seperate building if possible.
When I was writing my first book, I had two copies saved, one on my desktop, on on my hard drive. But – disaster. I had no idea my laptop was about to burn out (literally….). I lost everything I’d written. Luckily I still had my hand written notes and could rewrite the book, but there were a few short stories on there I’d lost forever.
When I started using my little netbook, I saved everything onto a flash drive, as well as two different places in my computer. However, even my darling little netbook is not infallible – once, after writing six pages, the entire word processing programme crashed. I lost those six pages.
So lesson 2 – back up as you go along. Hit save every half a page.
I’ve learned my lesson the hard way. Everything is saved, in three different places, one copy at least seperate from my computer. And I save my work often. It’s not a lesson I’ll forget.