Saturday, September 22, 2012

aimeeelizabeth's Homework Update

     Dani's homework for me a while ago was to backup my writing using drives or email. I have done that, and more. My good laptop ended its existence more than 2 months ago, and I lost about thirty pages of the novel I have been working on. Thankfully I sort of remembered what happened in those pages, so it was not as bad as it could have been.

     I did my homework. I have the book saved on 2 drives, 2 email addresses, as well as a hard copy. When I write a few pages I print them out. I have to say, I really like having a hard copy of my work. The only problem is where to store it. So far the book is 537 pages I think. More than a ream of paper. But, it's all right. I can take that with me to writing night sometime and read through it, make notes, laugh out loud at the things my characters say.

     Thank you for the homework, Dani.


  1. Great job saving it in many places. I always like editing a hard copy, however, 537 pages is a perrty big bundle. :)

  2. Very good job with the mass storing! This is something I myself have suffered from repeatedly! And having everything backed up is truly a life-saver! I have to agree that hard copies are wonderful. There is just something so invigorating about being able to read one's work on paper and to be able to take a pen to areas in need of revision rather than struggling with a word document! There was something I was reading a few weeks ago about how to store writing, and so I'd like to share that with you.

    A large three ring binder to start, or one of those portable file holders that are available at general goods stores for about five dollars with separate pockets. Those are life savers! However, the suggestion that I absolutely loved the most was a separate manila envelope/file folder for every chapter stored in a large three-ring binder. This can be terrible confusing at times, so a suggestion I've read was writing a very thorough synopsis of the chapter/scene on the front of the folder, making sure to include all of the fundamental and important aspects of the scene. Such as symbolism, time and place, character setting, etc.

    Good luck with your homework! Thank you for sharing, and I hope you find a good place for storage, because that hard copy is definitely wonderful!

  3. I'm pretty terrible at backing things up. Hard copies are the best! I love feeling the paper and seeing the black and white and knowing that I made that!! And yes it can be a bit overwhelming but it's important to read it and enjoy as if you were reading any novel.