The other day I was happily typing away, making great progress on a side-story that I had been working on intermittently for months. In the midst of typing, the entire document suddenly turned into asterisks. Every single word magically poofed into an asterisk before my eyes! My story was completely destroyed within a millisecond.
I tried everything I could possibly think of to bring it back, but the document had already been auto-saved and my attempts were useless. Unfortunately, I had not saved this particular story on my trusty flash drive (which I normally do, but since it was a side-story, I didn't bother) and was not connected to my Apple Time Capsule, so all of my hard work is literally gone forever.
My world is crushed. :( I'd gotten way more attached to this side story than expected.
The program I was using is the 2011 Microsoft Word, which I chose to use because it is practical and efficient for my business as an author. Upon doing research, I found that the mysterious "asterisk attack" was a bug within the MS Word application. Supposedly, the bug has been fixed and can now be prevented with a simple software update. I am skeptical.
The good news is that I have found an awesome program called, Scrivener - a word processing program made specifically for writers by Apple. I may just have to give all of my stories a new home. :)
I am sharing this with you as a reminder to always back up and save your work in multiple formats, regardless of how big, small, or seemingly unimportant. Technology is wonderful, but it can seriously backfire on you.
Lesson of the day: Never forget to back up your work!!!
Here are 6 ways to protect your precious documents:
1. Frequently save to a flash drive
2. Print hard copies
3. E-mail document to self or someone trustworthy
4. Back up on an external hard drive, Time Capsule, etc.
5. Create multiple saved versions on your computer
6. Regularly update software
Have you ever had technology backfire on you? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic.