That "thang" I am referring to is your manuscript. Many fists have been banged, expletvies uttered and tears shed by writers who have lost their hard work.
This week, I thought it had happened to me. My laptop is getting up in age, and is becoming a bit tempermental. After a somewhat productive day of writing, I took a break. My computer was left running. Later, when I came back to save my work and shut down for the night; the screen had gone blank. After doing some things that I probably should not have (improper shutdowns, pulling out the battery, etc.) my computer screen once again showed visible graphics.
This incident was a reminder that I need to back my work up on a more regular basis. I like to use two methods of backing up my work. I save things on disks and I also email the files to myself. Then, I save the emails.
Writer friends, what is your favorite way to back that thang up! .