Yikes! Somehow my computer ate the four pages of a long article I wrote yesterday! The whole thing is due today!
Okay, what probably happened is I didn’t save it. I mean I didn’t have a computer crash or anything. Yes, I have Word™ set to save every 10 minutes. I blame this kind of computer glitch on random neutrinos. We can’t see the bloody things, so who can say I’m wrong?
Although I’ve been using these machines since 1980 when I bought an Apple II +, I think of my hard drive as really looking like that picture on the left.
In other words, I know enough about computers to be dangerous.
A computer glitch can happen anytime
I don’t know how long it’s been since a document simply disappeared. Long enough so I’d gotten careless about keeping a backup as I go. Seems like I have to learn this lesson every few years.
Generally I like my computer. I like it will check my spelling, make editing a breeze compared to even my fancy self-correcting Selectric typewriter. I also love having so much information at my fingertips, and getting to know people online I would have met no other way.
I think my computers know I like them. I seem to have fewer problems than many people.
And it certainly isn’t the computer’s fault that I didn’t renew my cloud backup!
Of course, once you discover your document is well and truly gone, the key is not to panic. Or at least not for long. I’ve found over time that my mind retains more about what I wrote that is missing than I expect. It’s always easier and faster to generate the lost document from scratch than it was to write it in the first place.
Our minds are truly marvelous.
So that’s what I did. I accepted it was gone – yes, I could have hired a true geek and maybe gotten it back, but that would have been expensive, might not of work, and would have delayed me even more.
In truth, it didn’t take too long to research and rewrite what went missing. My hunch is it’s better the second time around.
It helps to know too that this loss seems to happen to every writer once in awhile.
Tell us the story of how you lost an important piece of writing. And what you did about it.
Write well and often,