It occurs to me if many companies underweight the value of backups, playwrights probably do as well. This is a non-good thing. There are few more horrible, sinking feelings than irreparably losing your own hard work. Multiply losing the second half of that college term paper times three hundred--that's you trying to piece together years of playwriting labor from printed copies of version X from that reading and some files from a ZIP disk circa 1997. Oh, the horror.

Here's a little guidance from one playwright who has, at a couple times in his day job career, been responsible for developing disaster recovery plans for banks and technology companies.

The most common mistakes you are likely making are:

  1. Putting backup off in lieu of more important things
  2. Not backing up off-site
  3. Avoiding backup because you think it'll be expensive
  4. Assuming it's a bit too technical for you
  5. Never actually testing a restore of your existing backup
Read more: Backup for Playwrights

I generally assume other playwrights, and other practitioners of the theater, to be tech-phobic. And while playwrights tend to be ahead of the technology curve as compared to, say, actors, it's fair to assume Edward Albee isn't on Twitter and Horton Foote (rest his soul) didn't leave behind a 4-digit /. profile.

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While it won't make you one iota of a better playwright, having some more modern tools can certainly make you more efficient. In that spirit, I have here a few video tutorials designed to introduce even the most Ludditery dramatist to one of my favorite, and most gratis, writing tools - that wonderful open source writing software we call Celtx.

Read more: Playwriting in Celtx Part 1: Getting Started

Video Tutorials

Content to come. Stay tuned.

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