A few years ago, I had the pleasure of listening to one of my favorite authors, Anne Lamott, give a talk. Ms. Lamott is a hippie-chick and very free spirit. She actually used the word 'rapped' as in 'I rapped with my students about writing.' I haven't heard this term since 1975!
During her somewhat rambling (but highly entertaining) speech, Ms. Lamott discussed how much paper writers go through. She said it's inevitable that writers will waste paper since the writing process requires making lots and lots of revisions and, as a result, lots and lots of copies.
While it's true that, back in the 1980's, I bought printer paper by the box load (thank heavens for Office Depot), nowadays, it isn't uncommon one of my stories to go from my computer to final publication without ever being printed. Last year, for example, when my story Schadenfreude appeared in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, everything from the writing and submission to the editing and final publication was done by computer and online.
To get over the guilt of wasting paper Anne Lamott suggested that all writers donate twenty dollars to the Sierra Club and not sweat wasting all that paper, but I prefer the e-solution.
Causes Michelle Scott Supports
Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity