Going paperless is one of the most recommended, first, easiest, etc etc steps for “going green”. But it’s one I’ve had the hardest time embracing.
I love paper. I’ll read ebooks via Kindle if I don’t have a “real” book with me, I’ll write notes on my phone instead of paper (sometimes), and I’ll check my bank balance online instead of getting a paper statement (all the time) but I almost always write my first drafts on paper, by hand. I used to always type because the stories poured out of my mind so quickly, I had to type frantically to keep up. But now I love the feeling of a pen in my hand, lines stretching in front of me, and time to deliberate each sentence.
I have a few contraptions that are supposed to help me go paperless. I have a notepad-sized Boogie Board and a larger (but not full-page) Boogie Board.
The larger Boogie Board uses bluetooth to back up to your phone or computer. The small one is more like an Etch-a-Sketch; the writing goes away when you press the silver button.
They’re super nice, and I keep meaning to carry them with me, at least to work, to save me from writing on scrap paper and then losing those scraps in transition.
I have other ways I’m kind of going paperless, but that will come later, with letter R.