Type-Write or Maple Tree

048“The Joy of Writing and How I Learned to Change”; or: “Sittting Under A Maple Tree With the Joy of Writing in My Lap”.


At one point in my life, I was surprised to find out how many published writers of fame hadn’t transitioned from typewriters to word processors.

But when I was a girl just learning about the joys of writing, I was certain that composing a story while holding a notepad on my lap and throwing words onto it with a pencil was the only way I ever would create a written story. And I filled notebooks with hand-written stories; mostly, though, these were beginnings of stories, for my ever fertile mind kept producing more ideas on which to start a story.

I never threw out those beginnings, but saved them to boxes which still sit in my office today. One’s ideas are precious and always must be preserved.

How do you like to write? Do you prefer a maple tree, or a typewriter, or a word processor? Now, we’re not talking about “tweeting”, or “posting on Facebook”. The subject here is story-writing and how we do it.

Even after discovering the convenience of my first typewriter, it was a long transition for me to actually try to type-write. I seemed to need to use pen and paper to get a story going. I went so far as to scold myself for not seriously attempting to type-write.

That maple tree and/or story “knee” writing tablet/pad won out in my stubborn writing head.

There came the day, however, when I needed to speed up my writing efforts, and to make them neater looking for serious purposes, like submitting stories to publishers.

Transitioning, then, to type-writing became an objective, and I was joyful to find that I could achieve a decent speed — 40 words-per minute — in my initial attempts to become a real type-writer. Word processor keyboards were something I feared when they became the new technology of type-writing. I put that transition off for quite some time. Then, a friend sold me her son’s old college word processor, a cumbersome Brother brand that featured a green-tinted screen with words typed in yellow. Actually, the colors were easy on the eyes.

But more than that, the Brother had the capability to use disks on which one could save and make copies of one’s stories! I welcomed myself to the 20th Century and never looked back afterwards.

Developing a pattern involving writing that is simply perpetuated out of stubbornness, or worse — out of fear — is an unhealthy stop-gap to creativity.

Even if you are still charmed by handcrafted ways to create books, as I am, use of today’s technology can enhance your crafty ways.

And creativity? If you’re stalled with one method of creating, go to another one. You may find a whole new way to look at things.

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

See also:
http://www.mywritinglifexposed.wordpress.com for more on my writing experiences;

http://www.shortstoriesandstoryart.wordpress.com for crafty ideas for creative books


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