Dejected today as the lengthy blog I was just completing, ‘Artists and Scientists focus on precision’, has somehow disappeared into the ether and despite saving it on wordpress, various searches have come up with nothing but an empty document… Clearly some kind of technical glitch or accidental finger-play involving a delete button has occurred….
So I am re-reminded of one of the key rules we should follow as writers: Back up your work – even blogs!
I shall go and tend my wounds and reflect on the wasted time and perhaps try to recreate the same blog….
If I choose to rewrite, perhaps this new blog will be better than the original. Rewriting from scratch, without reference to the original, was apparently something Chekov did and recommended. I also remember being advised by a literary manager early in my career to put away a script I was unhappy with, and start the whole thing again…
I tried to, but am such a pragmatic creature who hates leaving anything to waste, I simply went back and deconstructed the original, reconstructed it with more precision, and it went on to win the Peggy Ramsay Award.
No such luck this time.
In order to revise, we need to have saved the original….
Please benefit from my error.
Back up your work! You never know when hubrus may strike.