There I sat at my desk on the verge of tears. Fleeting moments of inspiration were over. Folders were opened and closed as I searched for a possible solution to my heartbreaking incident. What was that incident you ask? I had just completed a scene transition and the beginning of a following scene. I felt at peace with what was “on paper”. I showed it to my supportive wife who gave me to nod of approval. I felt accomplished.
Out of nowhere came this sudden change. My desktop decide to take a siesta and restart. What was the cause of this? Could it have possibly been the automatic updates I have so cleverly ignored for the past few days? I was unsure of the cause but one thing was for sure, everything was forced to close. Normally this is not a big issue (I work in IT full time) because software has become so stable that sudden shutdowns are inconsequential.
After the computer restarted I opened up my Google Drive folder to access my “in-progress” novel. Scrolling down to the last page hoping to complete the following scene I had just began I found something horrifying. There it was, plain as day, missing paragraphs. My heart stopped as I scrolled up and down searching for what I was missing. I closed Word and re-opened it hoping to see the auto save feature kick in and rescue me from such peril. Auto save failed me and there was no turning back. This caused a rush of emotions such as anger and sorrow. I was ready to quit completely.
Through such a harrowing experience I have come away with one piece of wisdom:
Do not rely on auto save. Stop and save the document as often as one can.