Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy.

When Everything Goes Wrong

As you can see by my sidebar, I’m currently working on a YA novel that my agent will be pitching to publishers. I had started it last year, but set it aside to write The Lament of the Vampire Bride. I had more than 40,000 words done when I sent it to my agent for her review.

After finishing The Lament of the Vampire Bride, I waited a week or two to let go of the regency era supernatural world before I dived back into my futuristic science fiction one. Talk about a shift in gears!

I reviewed all the notes my agent gave me, and tidied up the manuscript. I rewrote the first chapter around six times, then showed it to fellow author Alexia Purdy. She gave me more notes, and I finally beat the first chapter into a solid opening to the book. I then dove into revising and expanding the other chapters I had written last year. 

Everything was going great when suddenly Windows 10 crashed. And crashed HARD. My husband worked on my computer for close to twelve hours before he was able to get it to work again. 

And here’s the bad news…

I had kept a folder on my desktop with my work in progress in it. I had been under the weather and forgot to back it up on my external drive and Dropbox. The only file I had saved was the first chapter that I had cut off the main manuscript to work on. My husband did everything he could to save the file folder, but couldn’t. We’re talking a catastrophic crash.

Once my computer had a fresh install of Windows 10, I made sure to rig it so my work in progress was saving both to the external drive and Dropbox. 

I started over, and …


So my husband had to reinstall Windows 7, and I had to reinstall all my writing software, etc.

Happily, my work in progress with the few changes made since the first crash was safe.

I’m in the process of rewriting all that was lost and it’s very disheartening to some degree. I keep having to double and triple check that certain things are in the manuscript, or were they lost in the crash. It’s slow going, but necessary to make this book an exciting, cohesive read. 

I hope to be writing new content in the story within the next day or so.

If you’re curious about my latest work, check out my Pinterest Inspiration Board (WIP).


  • Vicky Mullen

    omg that is awful. windows 10 is terrible for crashing, i lost two hours assignment work yesterday thanks to that lovely operating system.
    one question from an inspiring, what writing software do you use?
    good luck with the rewrite.

  • Rhiannon Frater

    Vicky, I use yWriter (it’s free here http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter6.html) and export to Word for final revision. If not for yWriter, I doubt I’d ever finish a book.

    I have tried Scrivener, but I felt it wasn’t as intuitive as yWriter. I have too many books to write to be fussing around with a program for hours.

  • Vicky Mullen

    Thanks Rhiannon I will try it. I tried Scrivener but I didn’t like it, to much of a learning curve, who’s got time for that? have a good weekend :)