Save Your Writing

Dear Creative Ones,
While I was at the Oregon Coast Children’s Book Writers Workshop, agent, editors, and authors who were our instructors shared how they saved their files. At the bottom of this post, I will list the names of the people there. I am not going to direct quote anyone. Sometimes what we hear is not really what the person said. I’ll just tell you what I understood and what I learned, and what I think about it.

Drop Box
Mozy Backup and Storage
2nd hard drive – Purchase an external hard drive: Seagate and Western Digital External Hard Drives, and Flash Drives
In the Clouds

Here are two sites that review free online backup sites:

Idea Folder: Authors use hands-on folders to put newspaper clippings, photographs, ideas for new stories jotted down on napkins, etc.

They save story with date or version one.
Each time they open up the file, they change the name to different date and different version.
This way they can go back and retrieve something they took out, but now want to put it back in.
This way they can see how the story has improved from his beginning.
When they become famous, people will pay big bucks for these version files.

Many of the storage places have have automatic saving that you can set for a minute, five minutes, etc. It’s good to have this.

Some people have an online storage place and an external drive that they can take with them from place to place. There are flash drives that are the size of a key chain and can fit in your pocketbook.

Everyone suggested that after you’ve worked with a story, it’s a good idea to let it “hibernate, incubate, simmer, rest” in a treasured place for two weeks, six weeks or six months time. After a period of time, you are able to look at your story with new eyes. What you were holding onto desperately, you may be able to let go of to make your story better. You will have learned new skills that you can use to revise and revamp your story to fill it with awe-inspiring characters and plot.

Here are the people who were at the Oregon Coast Children’s Book Writers Workshop with me, July 12-16: David Greenberg, Eric Kimmel, Margriet Ruurs, Elizabeth Rusch, April Henry, Molly O’Neill, Harper Collins Children’s Books , Noa Wheeler, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Jennifer Laughran, Associate Agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Guest speakers were: Pamela Smith Hill, Lisa Schroeder , and Rosanne Parry. As you can tell from my blog posts, I learned a bunch. I gained insights about my writing and how to improve it’s universal appeal and page turning plots.

I hope my words have inspired you to use the new technology to prevent a loss of your treasured words.

The sixth person to subscribe in the left hand column (Where it says: Sign Me Up Here) to my blog after May 12th will receive a free paperback copy of my book, Flip Flap Floodle. Flip is a little duck who believes his song will save him from Mr. Fox…and it does with a little help from his Mother and pepper.

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Happy Living and Writing!
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright 2010 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.


2 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing lots of options for storing your writing.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, You’re very welcome. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards


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