Pens Pencils & Keyboards

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pens and Pencils.”

th5WSEBKO3I love handwriting, especially with my twenty-year old luxurious gold plated Cross-pen, which costs more than I would ever pay for a weekly grocery shop. The refills alone are £5 apiece, but it’s a small price for something that seems to feed my creativity.

When I left school, I could barely write and my reading abilities were below average. I must have been absent or asleep during punctuation and grammar lessons, it is even doubtful I would have understood what those two words meant.

I used to hate submitting schoolwork, especially English, because my passion for writing would inevitably return completely annihilated by red ink corrections and comments like,

“If you attend school a little more often, I might not have a headache marking your work”

Or

“Such a brilliant imagination. Do less talking in class and you may well achieve something.”

Their appraisals never discouraged me from keeping a private journal. I did not necessarily write to improve and had no idea it would become something so special in the years that followed.

When the first keyboard came into my life in 1996, it was in the shape of thethW4WDOM2S old word processors, similar to an electric typewriter. There was a little screen no bigger than your average mobile phone that would display two or three sentences with an opportunity to edit before printing.

I have a friend who is a published writer. In the days before email, we would send each other pages of Word Processed writing through Royal Mail with a first class stamp. This was the turning point when I wanted to improve for a reason. I knew I had a story to tell, but would need to learn how to write first.

My first-can’t-do-without- PC arrived in 2012. Along came the spelling and grammar checker and an opportunity to learn a little more about the art of writing. In the beginning, the page would be full of red underlines and in many ways, it did remind me of schoolwork.

I know there is still a long way to go before I’m nearly good enough to write a memoir, but sometimes I wonder how I managed to come this far. It is difficult to imagine how I would’ve processed all my woes without the ability to express everything in writing.

computerToday, I still write by hand and conceive every blog post on pen and paper. Nevertheless, there is something very satisfying about creating and pondering over a Word Document. My spelling and grammar have vastly improved, but I definitely could never do without my trusted ‘word-checker’.

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24 thoughts on “Pens Pencils & Keyboards

  1. Priceless Joy

    When I took typing in high school, all there was back then was the old manual type writers. Horrible! But, we had 2 electric typewriters that was only for people with hand injuries. I made sure I had a hand injury so I could sit at the electric typewriter and I tagged it mine for the rest of the school year. LOL!! And look at us now!

    I really enjoyed reading this. I cannot even imagine you not being excellent at writing. As I was reading I noticed that you said you have grammar check on your computer. I need to go in and see if I can have grammar check for my writing too. There is something so healing about writing out our emotions and feelings, whether by hand or by computer. (Wow, sounds like you have a really nice pen!!)

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    1. Cat Post author

      Lol I would’ve faked the injury too. Your word on the PC should have a spelling and grammar checker…lol.. it can be quite an eye-opener to run something through it 🙂

      Thank you, Joy

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        1. Cat Post author

          Yer, your ipad should have grammar check with spell check. Thanks, Joy. I never did find those lost comment, they’re not in spam either and I’m not sure how to get in touch with wordpress. I doubt they can do much anyway

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          1. Priceless Joy

            You can go into Google and type WordPress.com/Support. I think that will get you to where you leave a comment and tell them what problems you are having (not getting comments on that post). Then someone will get back to you and answer your question. I guarantee you, I DID leave a comment on that post (so I’m sure others did too).

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  2. martha0stout

    I remember learning how to type on the old typewriters that my mom had from her college days. My eldest sister had a computer that she only let my third eldest sister touch. She’d have let my second eldest sister use it, but that sister was away at Boot Camp. i used to sit by her door and watch how easily she typed on her computer before trying to figure out a way to convince her to let me use it.

    I loved writing as a child, as a teen and now as an adult. I love reading just as much, if not slightly more at times, and I’m very grateful that you didn’t give up, but have kept writing.

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    1. Cat Post author

      If I’m writing personal notes, my writing always looks good, but whenever I try to write neatly for someone, it tends to look like a spider has crawled all over the paper 😉 Thanks

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  3. manyofus1980

    Are those last two comments spam? They don’t seem to make any sense. I liked reading about your writing journey Cat. It is good that now you are able to run documents through the wordprocessor. Typing is so tedious! XX ❤

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    1. Cat Post author

      H Carol Anne, no, those comments were not spam. One was just a smiley face and the other was referring to what I said in the post about wondering how I could have come so far with my writing skills, at least, that’s what I think it means. What do you use for typing your blog?

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  4. Glynis Jolly

    I should write more in longhand. There are times when I miss the connection between my little brain and the pen in my hand. Since my third keyboard, the only thing I write with a pen is greeting cards to friends and family.

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    1. Cat Post author

      There’s nothing like the sound of an old typewriter. I hope the bell works when you reach the end margin! I do prefer a keyboard, so tend to use the PC. Thanks, Catnip 😉

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