A couple days ago, I decided I needed to move my bulk notes from one file onto another, more interactive file. Little was I aware, the amount I copied was not the amount that was pasted. I deleted the original file and lost novel and short story notes I have been accumulating since I bought this phone a year and a half ago. This has also been the most productive year for my novel thus far.
Naturally, I am devastated.
I’ve lost material before. I think we all have. It never, EVER, gets easier. It’s like losing a part of myself. Words I’ll never have again. But! I will rebuild. I will start over, and try to remember what I have lost. It will take a long time, and some of my work will never be the same, but what choice is there really? We must always move forward!
As NaNoWriMo rolls along, I think the idea of backing up our work becomes ever more essential. Even the most cautious of us can make a mistake. Some of us are downright prone to them. What matters is how we choose to cope with our little tragedies, and especially our monumental ones.
In all your years as a writer, how many times (if ever) have you lost your work due to destroyed papers or deleted files? Do you bounce back fairly well, or do you take a true grieving period in which to recover?
Keep going, NaNoWriMo participants! Today’s word count should be 26,672!
The reading list for Departures is available here. Take some time to support your fellow writers before putting your noses back to that cruel novel writing grindstone!