Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Writing in 140: Saving Your Precious Stories

If writers worry like I do, then they are always looking for new places to save their literary babies. I have jump keys, I have an e-mail account where I send work. I also use Carbonite, where for about $50 a year, everything on my laptop has a home in cyberspace. Recently, friends introduced me to Dropbox, and I love it because I can download it on all my systems and no matter where I go, if I drop something into my dropbox, I can open it on all my systems and can retrieve it from any computer by going to the website. I feel a lot better knowing that my work is secure somewhere -- now I need to remember to update my work in all these places.

Where do you save your precious writing?

Writing in 140 is my attempt to say something somewhat relevant about writing in 140 words or less.

Shon Bacon is an author, editor, and educator. She has published both creatively and academically, and her debut solo novel, Death at the Double Inkwell is now available for purchase. Shon also interviews women writers on her popular blog ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING. You can learn more about Shon's writings at her official website, and you can get information about her editorial services at CLG Entertainment. Currently, Shon is busy editing, promoting her debut project, writing screenplays, and pursuing her Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University.

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  1. I email it to myself - I have an email acoount for 'writing output' (saved my bacon at least twice so far).

    I also keep promising myself to backup on a CD or some other external drive but it takes too much time (have to find a CD or memory stick, download it etc).
    I've been also thinking of gettingof using the Dropbox or some other 'cloud storage'

  2. I must admit, I'm a bit of a Google fanatic. So until I'm doing my final pieces of editing and writing, everything is in Google docs.

    Raven Corinn Carluk

  3. I use Dropbox as well. Love it. If my house burns down, I'll still have access to files. I also email versions of my WIP to my daughter in Ireland. I figure the odds that we'll both suffer computer disasters the same day are slim.

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

  4. I use Carbonite, too, Shaon. My son just introduced me to them and I like that much better than doing the backup on CD and trying to figure out where to keep the CDs. I never thought of e-mailing files to one of my kids, but that is a good idea, Terry.

  5. I email important stuff to my personal email. I also have a program from Dell for saving, plus one with Adobe, plus a Flickr account. Too bad I don't remember to save as often as I should. I can't rely on it being done automatically, which would be the best solution, because my provider has a way of timing out my connection little bits at a time when I least expect it.

    Morgan Mandel

  6. I say mine on a stand-alone hard drive. It's like everything else, though. You have to remember to backup.

  7. Thanks for the storing info, Shaon. I'm slow on the computer technology, but getting caught up by using small hints, like these, that I can cope with one step at a time.
    Ph.D. in Tech. communication & Rhetoric? Now there's one I'd never thought existed. I've got to come to Blood-Red to learn all sorts of things.

  8. As soon as I am done writing for the day, I put it all on a thumb drive. It is small enough to keep in my purse and take with me wherever I go. I can use it on any computer, too.

    Thank you for the information on Dropbox. I am going to check it out.


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