Writing after all your writing went away (lost/taken/destroyed):
- Maybe don’t write, see how that goes. Haha.
- Now you know that finishing something and releasing it to others is the only way to guarantee this won’t happen.
- Finish something before it finishes you. Not everyone makes it out of the story alive, including the writer.
- If you can still remember something, then it’s still good.
- Are you sure you want to do this?
- Go ahead if you want to do it. Everything goes, everything dies, so will you, so will I. Build the sandcastle.
- You’re still here.
I wrote these tips upon the request of an innkeeper who had lost her computer files in a breakup. I’ve experienced total storage loss, and I’ve heard it from others as well; it might be rough to point out that all accounts of this I’ve received have been from women who lost what they had produced because of troubles with a male partner, but that could be either here or there when it comes to one’s own writing apocalypse. Is there life after the apocalypse? Maybe.