BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP RIGHT NOW because nothing is worse than losing your hard fought for word count. Back up your novel daily, hourly, or by the scene on a separate hard drive. Remember: HAVE A JUMP DRIVE OR PROCESS TO BACK UP YOUR NOVEL. You can email it to yourself or keep a copy on a jump drive. Whatever method you choose – CREATE A BACKUP PLAN AND SAVE IT DAILY OR HOURLY, IF NOT MORE OFTEN.