Lost And (Hopefully) Found

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Does anyone remember when my flash drive died about a year and a half or so ago? I lost just about everything. All my manuscripts and ideas. There were a few novels I didn’t lose because they were all ready printed out, but I lost about 85% of my writing. Yeah, that was not a fun time…and I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m bringing that up again.

So…Camp NaNoWriMo ends in about three days. I have been writing my novel Detective Florence (Book 2). I wrote a little over 3k words yesterday bringing my to about 44k. After that, I decided to write my Short Story Sunday because it was getting late in the day and it needed to be done.

Well, I have been working so much on Detective Florence that I have been in the habit of clicking on that document when I hit the “save” button. So when I was working on my Short Story Sunday and I hit save…

Yes, I saved over my entire 150-page-44k-words-so-close-to-being-completed-for-Camp-NaNo-and-the-entire-story-line manuscript. The worst part of it is that I did not do this once, but three times. Yes, three. When my flash drive died, I had no back-ups so I got Dropbox and fairly recently got Google Drive. Every time I work on something–writing, homework, anything–I save it to all three. Therefore, when I did my Short Story Sunday, I saved it to…all three.

However, I have overcome the initial shock and sadness of this tragedy. I have been taking notes and writing the scenes as I write them on sticky notes so I have all the ideas. Plus, the story wasn’t going where I originally wanted it to go. So today I moved around some sticky notes, got rid of a few, and added new ones. The story (hopefully) will make much better sense.

Kris was good enough to get back the very first draft from when I saved it the first time, so she got me back the first 5,012 words of my story. This means I have about 45k left to write in order to validate for NaNo. With five days left (including yesterday and today), I decided I’m going to rewrite the entire novel. That’s about 10,000 words a day.

Since I all ready had the 5k I just needed to write 5k yesterday and then 10k for the rest of the month. Except I was too discouraged yesterday so I decided to start fresh today.

It took me from 8 in the morning until a little after 7 tonight, but I wrote 15,029 words. My novel is now back up to 20,041 words. I can only hope I can keep up this pace for the next three days (seriously, pray for me!).

8 thoughts on “Lost And (Hopefully) Found

  1. Oh NO! So sorry you lost all that work, and I pray it will all work out for a better story! If it’s any consolation, I loved your short story Sunday! I want to read that whole book too 🙂

    • So far it is turning out better, thanks!

      As for the short story, l’ve been debating on whether l should turn that into a novel or even a novella. I think l might. 😉

  2. Wow! And I thought my luck was bad! Because I’ve done that, too – both saving over and losing flash drive – on multiple occasions – and not just with my fiction writing but also an essay or two that I had to pull all-nighters to write. So yeah, I feel your pain.

    But at least this gives you a chance to start over. I can’t really recommend anything other than email yourself copies from time to time. Emails, especially gmail, don’t fill up easily, and they don’t delete unless you delete them, so it’s a good way to keep track of all your stuff in case of emergencies (such as this).

    Trust me, it’s a lesson I’ve learned as well. It sucks, but you overcome.

    Which reminds me: it’s time to back my stuff up haha.

    Here’s to meeting your goal.

    • I usually e-mail the completed drafts to myself. But l think it might be time to e-mail them as l go, lol.

      Sorry to hear about your loses, but l have to admit l’m glad l’m not the only one! 🙂

      • Haha it’s all good. When I did it the first couple of times, I cried. Like, bawled. Of course, I was in high school, and losing material of that magnitude meant mounds more than it does now because I didn’t have the resilience I do now back then. But my mom gave me the “here’s your chance to make it better; now back your stuff up” talk and I haven’t really mourned – or been without backup – ever since.

        So no, you’re definitely not the only one haha.

  3. Would this help? Google Drive also auto-saves your document revision history. You can view major document versions in a list on the right side of the screen by choosing File | See Revision History. You can then view smaller revision increments by clicking the Show More Detailed Revisions button at the bottom of the Revision History column. Click on any of the earlier versions to see the document at that point in time. Then click the Restore This Version link to revert your document back to your chosen previous state.
    Shared documents also benefit from auto-save and revision history. As multiple authors edit a document, Google Drive auto-saves the revisions. This eliminates hours of cutting-and-pasting text from multiple authors. And because each author is working on the single document, there’s no need to worry about authors using different versions of software saving the file in varying formats.

    • That was such a big help!!

      But I’m sorry to say that (because I didn’t know about that feature) I apparently had the “auto delete” on. So I have three past revisions and the oldest one is the revision I made when I accidentally saved over the manuscript. So, no I don’t have it. 🙁

      But that is very useful information to know. Thanks for explaining it to me! 🙂

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