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A backup is an extra copy of a file stored elsewhere for retrieval purposes in case the original copy is lost. Every year multiple Wrimos and Screnzy participants post to the forums in tears because their hard drive died and they lost all the work they did that month, along with their past works, and didn't make a backup beforehand. While the death of a hard drive is usually inevitable, the loss of one's work is often preventable with regular backups.
When backing up your work, redundancy is encouraged. Back up your work everywhere you possibly can, and if you have multiple systems, back up your work to all of them. Don't let the devastating loss of creative work happen to you.
Some ways to back up your work
- Save a copy to your computer.
- Save a copy to a USB stick.
- Email a copy to yourself.
- Use Dropbox.
- Print pages out as you write it. Paper can't get a virus!
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