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Hello, I've uploaded a story draft and haven't published it yet and it said it was going to be deleted on this 13th. It's deleted and I didn't have it backed up anywhere. I wrote so much and it's my birthday. Is there any way to get it back? I was going to save it this week but things have been hectic.Thank you
Hello, I've uploaded a story draft and haven't published it yet and it said it was going to be deleted on this 13th. It's deleted and I didn't have it backed up anywhere. I wrote so much and it's my birthday. Is there any way to get it back? I was going to save it this week but things have been hectic.
Oh dear, that's a tough one. I'm not an authority or a moderator on AO3 or anyone that could help you with this at a technical stance or to help you retrieve it, I'm sorry to say, but I still think I can help.
I went ahead and checked the FAQ and my assumptions were correct in finding this quote from https://archiveofourown.org/faq/posting-and-editing?language_id=en#retrievedraft
"Draft works are deleted automatically a month after creation. Their content is not emailed to you and cannot be recovered. We strongly advise you to avoid composing in the Archive posting form and to always keep a backup copy elsewhere."
I'm really sorry, and let me just say, I offer my sincerest condolences. It's happened to the best of us, and I definitely know how it feels to lose a work and not be able to retrieve it. But I think I can still help you. I see you haven't posted anything on your AO3 account, and that this was probably the first work you planned to post, which, again, I'm really sorry that happened. But, as a fellow writer, I know of a few trustworthy websites that might prevent this from happening in the future, if it helps!
https://writer.bighugelabs.com/ is a good one, I registered an account, which is incredibly easy to do, and doesn't seem to autosave, but is saved on the cloud to be retrieved again, and it is a pc website,
https://werdsmith.com/ is my favorite writing website and my personal choice, it autosaves and has some easy intricacies and cosmetics, but is an iphone and possibly android app, and with an unlock of two dollars its a pretty nice way to have an unlimited access to a nice service that categorizes your works into ideas and project, with word counters and goal setters if you'd like that.
https://www.calmlywriter.com/online/ is a simple website where you can save writing, not on the website but is able to export into different file types, .HTM, .DOCX, and .TXT/.MD and can be downloaded and exported into google drive, which, of course, also leads to just google drive https://www.google.com/drive/ and google docs https://docs.google.com/ which as far as I know does autosave and manual save, and as far as I can tell, is everything in microsoft word but for free.
I'm not paid by any of these companies, or any of these websites, I'm just a fellow writer who knows the heartbreak of a piece of writing being lost and not able to be retrieved. I really hope this helps. Again, please check on other FAQs or other places other than a comment section of an article, as I am not an expert on any of this, but if it helps you, then I'm glad it does :)
And don't let this discourage you from posting your writing again. I've gone down that rabbit hole before, but I promise you, if you give up, you may regret it in the future, and if you push forward and keep on writing, you will be thankful for it. Heck, if you do end up posting something, I'll read it myself, regardless of fandom or quality or anything else. Again, I really hope this helps :)
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