Just the thought of this happening to me made me tear up! Imagine not just one of your manuscripts falling prey to a computer virus or crash - but all of them. The finished, the unfinished, the notes on plot and characters, even just the snippets of ideas...
As Vizzini would say: In. Con. Ceiveable.
I do have a rather crude system of backing up my writing: every now and again, but alas, nowhere near to every time I write anything, I will email my writing to myself.
Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner, author of the post linked to above, also provides easy ways to back up your writing in real time, as in 'you write it, you save it'. Much safer than the emailing thing.
So this post will remain short today, because I'm off to set up iCloud RIGHT NOW!
On the other hand, if your work is 'in the cloud', wouldn't it be easy for someone to hack it? Not that anyone would want to hack my writing, but imagine you're JK Rowling or Stephen King? Then that 'safe' location might not be so safe after all.
Hm... something to research for a later post.