To collect or not to collect is not the question. The question is how are squirrels and writers similar. The furry tailed creature gathers food and has specific caches for storage. A writer collects words, data and memories. An organized writer, like the squirrel, will have specific holes; computer files, 3X5 index cards, portfolios or slips of paper in a drawer to store the information. The squirrel depends on the sense of smell to remember the location of the buried morsels. The aroma of computer files may be intense but other parts of the brain will have to assume this retrieval response.
The squirrel transports from tree to tree with a fluid motion and the writer segues from paragraph to paragraph with gracefully chosen words. Sometimes a young squirrel will miss the branch and crash requiring an adjustment to regain composure and travel route. Humans, like the errant squirrel, may need to collect themselves when the words roll willy nilly and refuse to form neat rows for delightful sentences.
Young squirrel and novice writers will regroup to collect courage and to continue with the plans. Vocalizations, either chirrups or words build bravado and facilitate learning and recovery from miscalculations.
A squirrel’s tail is the rudder that controls the balance, the parachute that regulates its movement and provides warmth and shelter like an umbrella, raincoat or blanket. A writer who collects, organizes, and assembles words is well equipped.
To collect (money) for the written product, retrieval from the writer’s collection of ideas, thoughts and data is necessary. Like the squirrel’s collection, storage and relocation of morsels, the activity is remunerative for both. The answer to “not the question” is COLLECT.