George Saunders is apparently enjoying some real success with his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo". He has a nice essay in "The Guardian" newspaper about the process of writing and creating fiction.
It raises an issue I've been dealing with.
Should I print it out and just consider it a part of my own personal edition of essays, perhaps informally titled "Nice Things I've Found From The Internet"?
I've been ruling against that, thinking that I have so many books to read that my informal policy is, if it doesn't make it into a book, then I just won't be rereading it.
It saves on paper. And it is a bit of a hassle to print this stuff out. Sometimes, for instance, I need to copy and paste what I want into a document and then print it. It can be a drain on time & energy. And I would have bulks and bulks of more papers to store somewhere.
And it is true that I do have so many books to read and reread that I am not hurting for reading material.
Still, I continue to have these doubts. There are a lot of great columns and essays that I'd kind of like to keep. But maybe sometimes you just have to say no.
"Why not just do what you used to do? Just do that copy & paste routine for your blog. You don't have to print it out, but it will always be there if you change your mind, or to simply read it on the Internet."
Well, there is that drain. In my older age, I am no longer so excited about copy-pasting everything that tingles my balls.
But, no, there might be something to that. What else do I have but time? And it's not as though copying and pasting entails a lot of heavy lifting.
I might try that. A kind of echo from my old days.
[Source: The Guardian