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4610 No. 4610
How many times has a CYOA author ended a story, gone hiatus or what-have-you, because of a supposed hard drive failure/mechanical error?

I've noticed this claim made a couple of times and I want to know how common it is.

Make of my question what you will.

No. 4611
A couple of times. It's common enough that I recognize what you're talking about, but I couldn't give you an exact count. On the one hand i can respect how hard it is to pick up after losing all your notes, but as far as I'm concerned if all the important stuff isn't cemented in your mind you probably weren't about to write a great story in the first place.
No. 4612
I can understand the need to write down some notes (relationships between characters, for example), but if you have to write your plot down, it means it's too complicated.

In my opinion, anyway, and I'm not a good writer.
No. 4613
Notes? What are those?
No. 4614
What a fantastic thread.
No. 4615
It's not the plot that's getting written down, it's world-building details. Note that two of the stories in which this has happened are Fallout Gensokyo and Palingenesia, stories for which a unique and memorable Gensokyo is a significant part of the charm. I mean, look at the world-building info that Fallout Writefag has posted on /words/ alone and imagine trying to remember all that.
No. 4616
Some of us have horrible memory and need to write down even basic stuff about plot thankyouverymuch.

Then again I back my stuff up to mobile so I can write updates on the go; if my computer goes down I've got a fairly recent backup.
No. 4621
Writing down, organizing and then distilling my notes as a part (a part being a fictional newspieces, the thoughts of character, a moment in time, etc) of the greater story/world sounds like a pretty damn good idea. Reminds me of the Silmarillion actually. So far, I've only written down my notes in a stream of consciousness style, and that has been rather inefficient. Proper note taking-- knowing what concepts are concrete, in need of expansion, revision etc-- seems like it can help me know what to write next more easily.

Not this will be easy to do, it seems. The need to write down the concepts will vary based on complexity, the author's taste and matters like that. If anything though, writing notes with more clarity and well, seriousness, so as to make them comprehensible and interesting to a normal reader, definitely opens a new door for me in matters of planning.

Thanks for the advice, and apologies for half-talking to myself, though it's needed to see if my guiding beliefs are incorrect or not.
No. 4622
It might be a good idea for those note guys to place their notes in something less at risk than a hard drive.
No. 4623

Like a notebook, for example.
No. 4624
There's always the option of backing it up online with a service like Dropbox as well. Even if the drive is nuked the notes can be retrieved.