On protecting your work…
Today we’re going to have a talk about protecting your work, as something has recently come up in my life where 2-3 years of writing could have either been stolen from me or gone missing.
1. So first off, basic protection. Cloud storage is awesome. Use it to your advantage. Google’s cloud is awesome, so go ahead and use Drive to back up your documents because if your computer crashes or is stolen, you may not be able to recover those items. Also, back up onto a USB drive or external hard drive regularly. That way if something goes wrong with whatever cloud storage you’re using, you still have copies of your hard work. I’m talking character notes, maps, etc. You want to back everything up. It sounds like a lot of work, but if something happens, you’ll be prepared and it’s so worth it.
2. Some people, like myself, have others edit or beta for them and this is all well and fine, but I highly recommend only using people you trust for original works. However, that can be tricky. It’s nice to think you can trust everybody and that nobody will steal your writing or ideas, but that’s not realistic. Be choosey.
3. If you cowrite with someone, again, make sure you trust them. If it does come up where you have a falling out or you’re no longer writing with them, there’s not much you can do other than pay for a copyright.***
So in summary, be careful and always back up!
***I’m not a legal expert so there may be something you can do about that, but I never found anything other that the copyright thing when I Googled it. Feel free to send me a message if I’m wrong and I’ll correct this post.