Two weeks ago I took my laptop and went away to an inn to work on a book I am writing. At the end of a long weekend, I was excited to have finished two more chapters totaling around 7,500 words.
Ten days ago my laptop was stolen. Those 7,500 words were on it.
I would have been sick at heart if my days of work had disappeared with the computer. Luckily I had saved the chapters on a flash drive in case I wanted to work on them on my desktop computer too.
A new laptop from Dell is on its way. But that weekend of inspired work would have been irreplaceable. I am so happy I saved my chapters to another piece of equipment, taking a step I often don't think about.
In a business writing class I was teaching this past week, an attendee mentioned that her laptop had just been stolen too.
So please don't think it doesn't happen. Back up your documents on flash drives and external hard drives. Good writing requires too much effort to have it taken from you.
Do it soon, if not now.