The Creative Process: Notes and the Ubiquitous Trashcan Shot

While I don't hammer away on an old typewriter or go through exactly thirteen sharpened pencils each time I sit down to write, I do have one classic writing stereotype-- the trashcan with crumpled papers. Unlike the movies, I am happy to say this can is filled with notes that I have moved from pen and paper into the digital world, the crumpled balls only appear in the basket once they have been integrated into my draft on the computer and do not represent long nights of hair pulling and poetry. My trashcan is also missing the stereotypical tiny basketball hoop, cigarette butts and bourbon bottles although there is a sliver of vice in there... an empty Good n' Plenty box.