Today I printed off the latest incarnation of Bound for another round of editing. Naturally my printer decided to pack a sad and grind to a halt half way through because it had decided to run out of toner. Being of the Scottish persuasion I pulled the toner cartridge out, gave it a good shake and stuck it back in. Should be good for another couple of hundred pages at least.
When it comes to editing, I love paper. I need to be able to scribble, and cross out, to doodle and generally think with a pen. People tell me there are great ways of doing this on screen, with track changes, and Post it notes, but it just ain't the same. I like to be able to curl up on the sofa and scribble in margins. I like to be able to take it down to my favourite cafe, eat wicked things and drink excessive amount of caffeine while making little purple comments through out the text - I mean purple literally, not figuratively here! Purple, or green pen. Green is another favourite annotating colour from my pharmacist days. But the thing is, it is all done on paper.
Sure, when I sit down with my folderful of edits and put them into the computer I elaborate and extend and it often leads onto other things. But for that important first step in each editing process, for me, I can't go past paper.