Currently reading - Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn
Angie left a comment on yesterday's post about necessary equipment that I really should have mentioned. So a major thanks to Angie!
If you're using a computer, then back-ups are an absolute necessity. No one wants to re-write three chapters, or the whole manuscript, that were lost due to an effed-up hard drive.
Angie mentioned flashdrives, also known as thumb drives, jump drives, memory sticks, etc. I've got two, Skipper from Madagascar and Darth Maul.
Darth Maul is actually a black and red 4GB Dane flash drive from Target. It was roughly $10 plus tax. Skipper was a a special card from Hallmark released in conjunction with Madagascar 2 a couple of years ago. He only has 1GB of space, but I find a penguin butt sticking out of my laptop highly amusing. (Yes, I am the weirdo who laughed hysterically at the Garfield tails sticking out of gas tanks and trunk lids back in the '80's.)
It's also not a bad idea to have an external hard drive for backups if you can afford one.
Some folks I know e-mail their wips to their own accounts. Other have space on remote servers for storage.
One caveat I would stress is to have offsite storage for back-ups. You never know when disaster might strike. I've known or have heard about authors whose homes have been destroyed by fire or hurricane and lost all their work.
There's lots of options, so check out which ones work for your style.