Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

November 28, 2008

Paper saver

As writers we all deal with stacks of paper, but a ready source of re-useable scrap comes from circulars, letters etc. Check they don’t contain sensitive information and discard any obviously damaged sheets. Flatten out the rest and put them in your in tray. I work a double system. Scrap paper on top (making it the default) and pristine underneath. I just pull off the scrap pile when I need a clean blank page. If the papers have been stapled I remove it, fan them and alternate the pages by 180 degrees so they don’t stick. Warning: If your printer is a sensitive wee beastie that’s prone to jamming then it may not be worth it, but you’ll save yourself reams over time.

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