So im an idiot.

3 years ago | Whyknotzoidberg (Member)

I spent hours on the newet chapter of hotfoot, and forgetting that this was wordpress and not blogger i was writing on, I exited right out. Just now, I opened the draft, and found it completely empty. Im sad, i feel like an idiot, and im going to miss a deadline. How do I stop this from happening in the future?

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  1. ClearMadness (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    It sounds like you do things very differently than me. I have a buffer of unreleased chapters which I write in Word, and then just copy the completed chapter into Wordpress when I publish it.

    Author of The Iron Teeth, a online dark fantasy story.
  2. Kess (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I always write offline, and then copy and paste into Wordpress when the post is complete. That way, I have more reliable saving (online forms always have saving and timeout issues), and I can write anywhere, anytime, without needing an internet connection. Transferring it into Wordpress also becomes a proofing exercise, which never hurts.

    It also means I have an offline copy, should anything catastrophic happen to my website, web server, or Wordpress database. I've never had that problem, but you never know.... Plus, it makes it easier to collate and convert the story into ebooks when the serial or book is finished.

  3. Whyknotzoidberg (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Yea I just started that. Thanks.

  4. Madiha N. Santana (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Do you have a self-hosted wordpress or a dotcom wordpress? Wordpress dot com's post editor autosaves every time you pause in writing now. And the old Wordpress (now WP Admin) did have an autosave feature as well, but only if you saved at least once manually beforehand, iirc.

    I just write everything in the post editor and then copy it over offline for safekeeping.

  5. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I use self-hosted Wordpress and do the same thing as Dennis. Wordpress autosaves your changes, or at least it should. At any rate, my Wordpress installation does.

  6. Marn (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I always write on Google Docs, because the autosave has saved my life more times than I'd like to admit.

  7. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I do the same as ClearMadness - maintain a buffer, write posts offline in Word and then copy them over into Wordpress on release day. That practice has saved me many, many times.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world.
  8. Whyknotzoidberg (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Jim, I actually thought that was how wordpress worked, but I think I messed up and somehow it didn't save my work. How would I get it to?

  9. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 3 years ago

    The only thing that I can think is that you didn't at any point save it yourself. If that's the case, it's probably gone, but if you did save it, it would be in the posts list. Assuming the autosave function also worked,you'd either have the whole thing or be able to restore the version you need off of the list of previous versions.

  10. Wildbow (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Yeah. I've only had it happen once where a draft wasn't saved. Go to posts, check for any active drafts - they'll have - Drafts at the end.

    I do all my writing in the Wordpress browser. I get horrific formatting issues if I copy over from google docs or openoffice or writr or whatever else.

  11. Tintenteufel (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I am properly paranoid in that regard and write everything by hand. At least the first draft. Then copy it to word and edit it. A few days later I copy the text from word to wordpress and make the second edit. By copying I mean "writing every single sentence again", naturally.
    Haven't got any formatting issues as of yet though.

    Blut und Rost - German Webserial about the horror that is human interaction
  12. Whyknotzoidberg (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @wildblow Yea I saw that, but the post was completely blank.

  13. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Did you check the version of the post? That's near the bottom. I've occasionally managed to delete everything in the post, but been able to revert to a previous version.

  14. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Honestly... I just use the generic wordpad that comes with every computer to write my rough draft.

    Then I copy over to wordpress and do my final drafting and formats.

    Other than occasionally missing "thoughts go in italics", it's served me quite well thus far. And I think the reread and edits greatly improve the chapters as a whole.

    Author of Price.

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