Burning vs. trashing

From Nick Ripatrazone, at The Millions: “The emotions that have led writers to burn manuscripts will never disappear. All that has changed is our medium. When I hate a story that I’ve written, I move it to a folder ‘Writing’ on my desktop. Then I drag it to a subfolder labeled ‘Old Work,’ and let it sit there. Grow digital moss. Become forgotten. Yet … if you burn your only copy of a manuscript, you are making a statement: it’s over. There’s simply not as much drama moving a file to the trash bin of your computer as there is watching a conflagration smother your words.”

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