How to Backup your Novel

One of our wrimos last year mentioned Dropbox as a great way to ensure you don’t lose your novel halfway through Nanowrimo and I’ve finally had a chance to check it out.

So what is it? It’s an on-the-internet storage centre. You sign up for a free account and can store up to 2gig of data (be that novels, music, images, whatever) for free. If you’re got more than that, it will cost you a bit. However I have less than a gig in my writing folder after ten+ years of writing, so 2 gig should easily accommodate your Nano novel backups.

The installation is straight forward and took me two minutes to complete.

Make sure you pick a tough password, your writing is important, right?

Then simply copy your files into the Dropbox folder created on your computer and it will copy them up to your account on the Dropbox website. Now you can retrieve them from there onto another computer if your original one turns up its toes or is stolen.

Everytime you make a change to that Dropbox folder’s contents on your computer, it is reflected on the website. So if you create your novel folder inside it (eg. e:\writing\dropbox\novel2012) then it is being constantly backed up. Perfect!

I’ve added their link to the blogroll on the right of this page and here it is again – Dropbox.

Google also do a similar tool called Google Drive and it starts with 5gig free.

Grace (ML for Ireland NorthEast)


About wordfoolery

Grace Tierney is a writer and mother living in rural Ireland. Specialising in a humourous slant thanks to years of reading Wodehouse, Dickens, Pratchett, Brookmyre, and chick-lit galore, her fiction and non-fiction writing has been published internationally and locally in everything from the local paper to anthologies, online media, coffee tins, and glossy magazines in several different countries. She has published three books for writers; “Positive Thoughts for Writers”, “The Writing Contest Expert's Guide to Fiction Contests”, and “The Writing Contest Expert’s Guide to Nonfiction Contests” based on her long-running contest column for Writer Online (available at Grace is currently writing her second chick-lit novel. For more information about Grace’s work see
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