I managed to loose all my posts. All somewhat around 60 of them. 160.000 words or something, kinda lost count of how many exactly there where. About 124.000 in December '16, between then and April I had 13 more updates each about 2500 words or something. So it should be around 160.000.
Now. That is no reason for me to despair. I will salvage the wreckage and take away what I can - valuable lessons in self-discipline, writing processes and such a fundamentally different outlook on writing. About three short novels in about 15 Months is no mean feat for me and I relish that as a major success. Before I came here the longest thing I had ever written was a short story of about 10 pages and I was kind of scared of major projects. I had no idea how to tackle them, how to plot, how to write, how to look for holes and nooks and crannies and everything else that toppled me along the way. Even though it didn't go perfect it was wonderful in more than one way and I have learned so much about myself and what I want to do.
And I still have the roughly 90 .docs safely on my USB-Stick where they rest in an somewhat earlier than published state.
But I do like to think of this as an opportunity. One which I'll seize. I haven't updated much in the past two months for various reasons - all of them excuses about life and stuff. Still, I have broken my stride and stopped to rewrite (or rather write in some depth for the first time) my setting, to actually plot more than a few pages ahead etc.
I think this loss is a good opportunity to start with a clean slate. But at the same time I'd hate to "loose" the dozen or so stories I've already written for the serial. They are...imperfect, in many ways. But I did get one or two compliments on them and two or so I like for a small thing I thought I did rather okay in them.
Now, my question to you, my friends and colleagues, in this my darkest writing hour is this:
Would you advise me to start from scratch with the same project? That is to throw everything I wrote those 15 months out of the window, out of the canon and to start again with the stuff I made the last few weeks? The overall project would stay the same, I'd just get rid of all the early hiccups...and all the hours spent writing.
Or should rather to rummage through the files in search of the old posts and conserve them for the sake of posteriority? It should be possible to find them somewhere or to upload them anew over the course of a few weeks or months.
Or should I salvage what I can from my own personal backup files and give them a complete do-over? That would entail looking at them with fresh eyes,critical eyes that wince at every other sentence, and to burn away all that is rotten in them.