Is the Paperless Age Really Paperless?
Call me old school, but it when it comes to writing and publishing, I believe all authors benefit from printing out their manuscripts. Sure, lots of people, including myself, bristle at the cost ink cartridges and paper, but here’s the thing, lots of young authors aren’t printing first.
I get the paperless trend. I really do. We’ve entered the paperless age. Movie tickets, bus passes and free coffee at Pete’s all with the ease of flashing the screen of my mobile device. AWESOME.
Not being critique partners with an amazingly talented, decade-younger author BECAUSE she doesn’t own a printer and refuses to print pages? SUCKS.
She’s not alone. I’ve met five writers in their 20s and 30s who look at me strangely when I tell them they need to print out their manuscripts and proof them before I’ll give feedback. I am not your copy editing, typo-catching Mommy. GROW UP!
And yet this paperless manuscript trend:
- scares the crap out of me.
- makes me feel old.
- makes me wonder if I’ve missed something somewhere along the way.
It hit home the other day when I tried to drop off my empty ink cartridges at the library to support their $1-per-cartridge program. The program went bust along with the remanufactured ink place that paid the library a buck a cartridge.
So while I stand by my belief that all writers must print out their work before they send it anywhere, or publish their work, it seems like I might be the only one left doing this… while the ink supply holds up anyway. In the meantime, if anyone knows a place where I can recycle my old ink cartridges would they please let me know. Seems the recycled cartridge business dried up along with all my old cartridges.