Remember Typewriters?

When I recently found myself bored with my current writing projects, my brother suggested that I start something completely new, and set aside all the “old” stuff I’d been working on.

He said “You don’t need to suffer the discouragement of being rejected. After all, you’re a different person now and a lot more experienced.” How true!

Back in the day of typewriters, ribbons, and carbon paper (yes, I’m that old), sliding a fresh sheet of paper between the rollers always gave a sense of new possibilities. There were times I used one piece of carbon paper so long that it was almost in shreds. And a new ribbon with freshly cleaned keys (remember the smell of that cleaning fluid?) made the manuscript look crisp.

There is something cleansing to see a pile of wadded up paper on the floor after numerous fresh starts.

When word processors finally came into being, there were many articles in writing magazines about whether that would change the way authors write. The consensus seemed to be that it would take away our creativity! There may have been something to those worries.

I love having a legal-sized yellow pad handy beside me in the car for scribbling down notes as ideas pop into my head. That is still the most reliable way for me to capture those fleeting thoughts. Sure, I have a cell phone that takes notes when I’m not near my laptop, but nothing beats the old-fashioned convenience of a pen or pencil and paper.

There is at least one book I’m reading in each room (or in the car or in my purse) accompanied by a small notebook and pen for seizing inspirations.

Sometimes starting a fresh new page is the necessary impetus for many things in life, isn’t it? New curtains, rearranging the furniture, or even a new house brings new energy. Each new semester of school brought hope of brilliant and eager students, although I enjoyed most of my “old” students, as well. Fresh soil in planting beds brings anticipation of new growth.

Perhaps someday, I will return to the “old” written stuff and recognize its worth – or its worthlessness!

As the year 2021 draws to a close, what of the “old” do we need to set aside to allow room for the “new” to flow into our lives?

A hui hou!

3 thoughts on “Remember Typewriters?”

  1. Remember them? Hell, I used to sell them!! 🙂 It was the early 70’s and I briefly sold Royal typewriters. It was the end of a magic era and “word processing” was becoming the new “buzz word” in the industry. One thing that bothers me is that I have always lacked the “vision” thing. Someone told me that someday there would no longer be typewriters and the keyboard would automatically send a signal to a printer telling it what letter to print, and I was like. “Oh yea, that is going to happen… NOT!!” 🙂 I was the same way when people tried to tell me that Mable Holloway, who worked at the local grocery store, would not be calling out the prices of items as she punched in the amount of each item into the cash register, and instead the items would just be scanned, and when we paid for the groceries we would just use a card because people would no longer carry cash and pay with a card that would take the money right out fo your bank account! And I will stop right here and not go into “Hot type” being replaced by “Cold type” in the printing industry. 🙂 Like I said, I am a little slow. 🙂

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  2. That’s one of the funniest responses I’ve ever had to one of my blog posts, Phil. Thank you for a good laugh on this Sunday morning!

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