Post by NCW Member Jenny Sundstedt
I’m sitting at my desk sipping my shade-grown coffee with local Morning Fresh Dairy milk and thinking about how writing, compared to many other professions, is pretty eco-friendly. As writers, our toxic waste comes in the form of SFDs (shitty first drafts). Animal testing means reading our work aloud to our pets. And easy opportunities to make writing even greener abound. For example, you may wish to:
• Seek out agents, editors, publishers, and contest coordinators who accept electronic queries, submissions, and entries. This has saved me lots of paper and many trips to the post office;
• Refill your printer cartridges, and donate them to a good cause when refilling is no longer an option;
• Purchase office supplies made of recycled, and recyclable, materials;
• Opt for energy-efficient electronic gadgets;
• Bring your own coffee/tea mug to the NCW studio;
• Grow something outdoors. Many writers find that their creativity blossoms when they garden. If you’re not sure it’s your thing, start by planting a pot. (Please note that reads ‘a pot’—this is not a suggestion for a Weeds spin-off.);
• Start a compost pile. It’s the perfect place to bury those SFDs;
• Ride a bike to your favorite writing spot. Wear a helmet! (I imagine the dreaded writer’s block pales in comparison to a head injury.);
• Use a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated. The human brain is approximately 70% water by weight. A thirsty brain is much less help in rescuing your heroine from the flooding sewage treatment plant—and may be the reason she’s there in the first place. Bottled water, however, is an environmental disaster; and
• Read something that inspires you. My selections for this week are Thoreau’s Walden and Going Green - True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers, edited by NCW member Laura Pritchett.
On Thursday, in observance of Earth Day, I’m going to turn off my computer, go outside (weather permitting), and write with pen and paper. Yep, real old school. And if I get stuck, I’ll play solitaire using an actual deck of cards. How quaint.
I’d love to read your tips for writing green.