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Post  Maggie on Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:14 am

HAPPY THURSDAY! (I'm not really THAT cheerful... I just slept well).

QUESTION: Have you ever deleted something important during your journey as a writer? Perhaps a whole paragraph you couldn't recover? Or a chapter, lost somewhere on your computer? How has technology (or lack-of, if you're one of those crazy write-by-hand people) hurt you as a writer?

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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Maggie on Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:16 am

My answer is YES. I've lost everything from paragraphs of text back during my Microsoft Word days when you had to SAVE BY HAND, to an entire filled out beat sheet, plot, character information, and pictures of my world package. O_O Yes, I cried.

Technology has made so many things convenient and amazing when it comes to writing stories, but it can really be a back stabber at the same time. You just have to learn to save often, back up much, and never assume your work is safe. Oh, and never trust yourself, because you might just be the death of your own project. O_O #TechnoChallenged


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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  André on Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:09 pm

Well, one time when I was dictating my book to my iPod, I forgot to hit record near the end and so I lost maybe 100 words that way. It wasn't major, and it was easy to rewrite, though. Other than that...nope. I've always backed stuff up, but I've never even needed the backups. I just use good technology, I guess. XD
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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Amanda on Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:12 pm

Well...I haven't personally deleted anything--I once lost a chapter or so of edits because the power went out before I could save. And...for reasons I shouldn't go into here, I lost a 3.5k scene and lots of edits because of a certain figure in my family being a terrible human being & deleting my book off my computer and zip drive. The only reason I didn't lose the whole book was because I had a slightly older version backed up on my dinosaur computer. Neutral
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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Constance on Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:42 pm

I remember it happening to me... but I can't actually remember the specific event at this moment. But when it happens, it is the worst moment of my life. Every time.
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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Matthew on Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:43 am

I think I trump you all, guys. I've accidentally deleted my entire VERY FIRST NOVEL.

I had a few back-ups of it, but a while ago I was getting rid of duplicate back-ups. I deleted the story from my computer, but I still had a copy on an old USB. Fast forward to... maybe 6 months ago? I forgot I had deleted my it from the computer and so deleted the files from the USB so I could get rid of it.

(There doesn't seem to be a crying emoticon. There's a "sad" one, but that doesn't come close to how I was/still am feeling.)

I still wonder if there's one more copy out there somewhere, but I'm yet to find it.
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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Amanda on Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:54 am

That's terrible!!! *looks for crying emoticon* *I know there's one around here someplace*

Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

The poor things cry in unison for you. Their tears are light blue/white, though, and so not as effective as if they were actually blue. But still. I tried.
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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Renée on Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:44 pm

I think these two cry. Sad Crying or Very sad

That's awful, dude. I've definitely never had anything like that happen to me. Just on school reports, where I'd written an entire page, went to save, and the computer froze and didn't save anything. That's happened about five times with the old comp, but I don't use it anymore. So sorry for your loss. Sad Crying or Very sad
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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Maggie on Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:35 pm

@Amanda I would be SO ANGRY if someone deleted my work. *can't comprehend*

@Andre You must have an anti-clumsy-fingers superpower.

@Constance I know what you mean. I feel like it's happened to me more than I listed above.

@Scribbler THAT'S AWFUL!! Like, BEYOND awful. Sad I can't even imagine. No

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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Amanda on Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:00 pm

@Lizzy--I was more just sad, because it highlighted a huge, underlying problem. They haven't apologized to this day(it was four years ago, ish), but we still have so many issues, that's not the biggest one at all. I've forgiven them, but it'd be nice to have an actual apology. Neutral
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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Maggie on Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:03 am

@Amanda Yikes. That's sad. And I totally know what you mean. I sincerely hope they don't do it again. <3

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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Amanda on Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:29 pm

Yeah, even though they don't live with us anymore, ever since, I've had passwords to open my computer--and paranoia has helped me, b/c sometimes my brother decides he wants to use my computer, and he always gets computers gross when he uses them(doesn't wash his hands after eating/eats WHILE on the computer) so the fact that he can't get in definitely keeps him from touching my precious. Smile
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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Maggie on Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:15 am

Ahhh, passwords. I love them. Unfortunately the computer I use isn't MINE, so I can't password protect it. But the only other person who uses it is my sister (and best friend) so I know I can trust her to respect my projects. I trust her so much, in fact, I often just leave my projects open. It's a good feeling.

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Re: QOTD Thursday August 4

Post  Amanda on Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:52 pm

Yes, Renee' has an account on my laptop, but she knows my passwords for everything, anyway, so she doesn't usually use it. Smile
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