The Handwriting’s on the Screen…


It’s pretty amazing…when I think about it…thoughts in my brain…cause my fingers to move…and words…appear on the screen…and…most times…they are the same words that I was thinking…sometimes…not so much…sometimes they are unrecognizable…even for spell check…who gets pretty haughty…and says…no spelling suggestions…but…I digress…
I had never spent a great deal of time dwelling on the mechanical intricacies of writing…until…the other day…I was watching as a co-worker typed…her fingers moved in tiny strokes…up and down…at the same time…words were floating onto the screen in front of her…like leaves on a stream…a seamless process…it was pretty cool…
Times have changed…when I learned to type…you pressed a key…and could watch as it came forward…pressing the letter through an ink ribbon onto the page…and yes…that was after I had walked to school…bare foot…in the snow…uphill…both ways…unless…I could catch a dinosaur for a ride…geez…everybody’s a comedian today…
But…I do think of those days…and how the process of writing was so different…I can’t even imagine…all the time I would spend retyping complete pages of manuscript…for little typos here and there…because…even though there was correction tape…I couldn’t get it lined back up and corrected…
And besides…I’m a muller…a jeller…I’ll write something…walk away for a while…then come back to it…delete…insert…and I don’t have to print it until I have it just the way I want it…and…honestly…not even then…I just save it in a little file…which thankfully…doesn’t require me to physically poke a document in a manila folder…and figure out my alphabet…
Would I have been a writer…if things hadn’t changed…I honestly don’t know…there’s no way to tell…all I know…is…I am now…and that’s what really matters…
Jane

2 thoughts on “The Handwriting’s on the Screen…

  1. Go Jane! If you are here blogging because of the invention of the computer then I glad the invention happened! Great musings :)

  2. Ahhh…Christy…I'm sure they invented it just for me…and maybe you…thanks for stopping by…happy writing!

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