megawriter

I am Meg Moseley. Meg, a writer. Seeking the real God in the real world.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Writing is work

Mucking out the office is never fun, but it's done. I moved piles of useless papers into the trash. Books onto bookshelves. (Fancy that!) Notes, articles, and paperwork into files. Old manuscripts into the closet. Current manuscripts into neat stacks on the proper shelves.

As I was digging my way through the bookshelves, I ran across a slender little book that once belonged to my grandmother: "Writing Is Work" by Mary Roberts Rinehart. Published in 1939, it's a collection of practical advice and anecdotes about the business of writing.

Now it's on the shelf next to Gran's ancient L.C. Smith typewriter. Poor Gran! Every time she made a typo, she had to roll the paper up, erase the mistake on the original and the carbon copy, roll the paper down again, and correct the mistake. I have two of her manuscripts that bear the smudges of her corrections.

Thank God for computers, word processors, cut-and-paste, and the backspace key. A typewriter is to a computer as an oxcart is to a Mercedes. Writing will always be work, but it's not nearly as much work as it used to be.

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5 Comments:

At January 06, 2010 8:46 AM, Blogger Suzan Robertson said...

I tried writing a novel with an old electric typewriter that someone gave me. What a chore! Writing is very hard work, and I am so thankful for my laptop.

 
At January 06, 2010 9:26 AM, Blogger Meg said...

I used an old Selectric for a while. It was a step up from the old manuals, but not by much.

I have to admit, though, that there's just something about the smell of the ink ribbon and the clatter of the keys that I love.

 
At January 12, 2010 1:28 PM, Blogger Willa said...

Hi Margaret,

Oh, I worked for awhile with the old manual, then electric, then Selectric. It was difficult. I love the computer. But still wish I had an old fashioned typewriter. I had the one that my parents gave me for hs graduation for years - but finally threw it away about 8 years ago.

Is your "Gran" your mother's mother? Didn't she live to in her 100's? I remember hearing about her. I didn't realize she was a writer.

It was great to hear from you at Christmas.

Love,

Willa

 
At January 12, 2010 3:11 PM, Blogger Meg said...

Hi, Willa! Good to hear from you.

Gran was my father's mother. She died a few weeks after I was born, so I only "know" her through family stories and her writing. My mother's mother is the one who lived so long.

 
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