A Novelist Forces Himself To Press On After Losing 100 Pages In A Tech Glitch

"I lost the first good novel I ever wrote to a computer disaster. It happened at a crucial time in my life, when I was still figuring out if I could even do this thing — become a writer."

Mat Johnson’s recent hard-drive failure wasn’t the first time he experienced data loss. This time, despite losing more work than ever before, he’s less panicked: “I can write new words,” he says.

(Image credit: Katie Edwards/Getty Images/Ikon Images)

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