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.
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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