Save Every Scrap

The economy of a novelist is a little like that of a careful housewife who is unwilling to throw away anything that might perhaps serve its turn.

Graham Greene

Not only do we collect it all we save it all. I’ve built databases in my lifetime so my directories are pretty organized but anything that falls outside of the realm of a hard drive is usually on a scrap of paper from my jotted musings to memorable fortunes pulled from fortune cookies.

And please, keep all those notes from the interesting and boring characters you’ve spied on throughout the day.

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  1. jodapoet says:

    You know I used to save everything. All those scraps, now, I guess I’m at that age, I trash everything. However your post has me re-thinking.


  2. writelyapplied says:

    Jo, there are lots of tools these days. I’m thinking of getting my Handspring (Palm like device) working again for note taking. Someone also recommended the Flypen by LeapFrog.

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