Most writers these days use computers to craft their words. I’m particularly fond of doing the same thing, but what about a hard copy? Does anyone ever print up their work while they are working on it so that they have a hard copy in hand, just in case the inevitable happens where one’s laptop or PC crashes?
Now, even I’m guilty of not backing up my written work. I have that external drive that I could regularly back up, but I honestly hate doing it, because it’s never as easy as they say. Go figure.
Now, I am one that likes to write things down in notebooks and such, but I usually don’t keep the whole manuscript, or what I have of it, just pre-ideas and such. Occasionally I will type things up on my typewriter, but most of the time I don’t.
I wonder too, if it is actually necessary to print out sections of what I’m working on. If you think about it, that can be a lot of paper. Manuscripts, even partial ones, take up a lot of room. Then there is the trouble of keeping them organized. Loose paper is again, not that easy to keep neat. Folders only work so well. And I am seriously digressing here.
Mostly, is it important to have hard copies? Honestly I don’t know. At some point, everyone is probably going to have computer issues and their work will be in danger.
Do you back up, print, or have some other way of keeping track of what you’ve written?
- Composing at the Typewriter (conqueringthealphabet.wordpress.com)
- >Formatting Your Manuscript: Section One, Traditional Format (ckgarner.wordpress.com)