Question: I know I should backup my writing, but I don’t. What do you recommend?
Answer: I’m so glad you asked. Having a good backup is essential.
It’s not a matter of if we lose some of our writing but of when.
In addition to using some of the file backup options listed below, each time I finish a writing session, I make copies of the document on my computer and another on a second computer. I also make a weekly copy of all my files on an external hard drive.
File Backup Options
For a free backup option, sign up for a Gmail account and email a copy of your work each time you finish writing.
All these file back up options, however, require some effort on our part, so to automatically backup files to the cloud, I also use Carbonite. A basic plan is $6 a month. When you consider the time we invest in writing, this is inexpensive insurance.
Learn more about writing and publishing in Peter’s upcoming book: The Successful Author: Discover the Art of Writing and Business of Publishing, available November 2019.