This week my computer decided to sabotage my writing. Well, to be exact, it was OneDrive that caused the problem. I was halfway through the afternoon and sixteen hundred words into writing a new chapter, when a message popped up indicating that OneDrive wasn’t responding. The problem, of course, is that OneDrive is my primary storage for all my stories. Moments later, Scrivener errored out along with my work in progress.
This by itself is not a catastrophe because the program backs up regularly. I rebooted my computer, opened up Scrivener and rapidly discovered that the entire afternoon’s work had mysteriously vanished. OneDrive was now working again, but my automatic backup had failed somewhere along the line. It was frustrating, to say the least, especially since I had been deep into an important scene that I now had to try to recreate. (Yes, we did try looking for backup files, but they were nowhere to be found.) I did manage to get out another 1500 words, but the result wasn’t quite what I was hoping for.
The next morning, Carol discovered that OneDrive automatically makes backups, though they are only available through the web-based interface. Through her diligent work, we recovered the missing chapter, and everything is now looking much better. She has once again saved the day with her determination and perseverance when I was ready to throw in the towel. I shall ever be grateful.
Until next time, happy reading.
Paul Bennett, Writer of Epic Fantasy Stories.