If you have read this blog for a while, you know that I have a passion for the environment and I’m trying to make improvement to live a better, more sustainable life. Today however I will write about not actual waste and recycling but the waste who live in my computer in so many disused files. The reuse and recycling of characters and settings in my writing.
I am a hoarder of snippets of daily life, everything from a distinctive head gear I saw walking past me the other day to fragments of conversations and a funny picture in a magazine. They all end up in a large archive in my head or in the actual archive below my desk. Most of them never see the light of day again, but some are taken out every now and then to be looked at to see if there is something I can do with it. What can be tweaked to fit in somewhere else or what has been taken out too early and need to be put back to grow a bit more.
I never throw anything away from this archive. There are things in there that I am quite sure I will never use, but I can’t make myself throw it away.
Does all writers out there have an archive (physical or not) like this? And can you ever throw anything away?