You! Yes, you! Back up your work!
Today I’m going to play the parent and nag you. Whatever writing you’re doing, wherever you are, stop now and back it up. Whether it’s on a memory stick, an external hard drive or a paper printout, make sure you have an extra copy of whatever you are doing. (Even if you don’t value it much now, you may do later on. A novel lost always becomes a masterpiece in retrospect!)
My latest article on backing up and storing your work is published this month in Writing Magazine (May 2013 edition). There’s lots of other useful stuff in there as well including a special on writing picture books and an insightful interview with three very different literary agents.
Have you backed up your work yet? No? Shame on you! Yes? Good – I won’t stop your pocket money. At least, not this week.