Ah, yes, writing styles...
How many remember penmanship classes in elementary school? Remember...those hours of sitting and tracing letters over and over until you went cross-eyed? Those lined sheets of paper you had to copy what you'd just traced? Those teachers who forced you to hold a #2 pencil a certain way, hold your hand a certain way, place the paper a certain way?
We use pen/pencil until high school years, when we have the option of taking a typing class. My typing class my freshman year began with a Royal manual typewriter, similar to the photo. We really built up finger muscles and dexterity because of pounding so hard on the keys!
Typing II my Junior year of high school saw an upgrade to the IBM Selectric. It was my favorite typewriter! I loved watching the little ball as it struck the paper...then when we had the correctable tape...wow! Were my documents without error? probably not...but it was what we had at the time.
Can you imagine how long it would take to do a manuscript today using one of these instead of our computers?
Transition us... computers! IBM desk top computers. This is a photograph of the very first keyboard. Technology at your fingertips. I don't know about you, but it took some getting used to to stare at a huge screen (back then they were huge) and have this keyboard attached to it with what looked like a coiled telephone cord! It was only the beginning!
Ta-da...no more big monitors...we are in the age of the laptops and streamlined desktops with flat-screen monitors. I no longer have to sit at a desk to type, but can grab my laptop and head for my favorite chair/ottoman or the recliner and get to typing. My wpm have drastically improved over the 45-65 wpm I did on the Selectric in high school.
Where am I going with all this, you ask? Well, think for a moment...if you were in high school in the 60's and 70's, all you knew was the typewriters. If you were in school in the 80's, computers were just beginning to make the scene in classrooms. Today, each elementary student has a "notebook" or "iPad" and are trained to type. Penmanship is obsolete, which in my humble opinion is a shame.
I love to write. I still hand write letters and send cards to friends. And, while it may surprise you, I outline my stories and do character bios on paper with pen.
Remember, if you have a manuscript and it needs sprucing up...get a hold of me and we will make it perfection...one word at a time.
Wishing you all a fabulous December and Christmas.