If you didn't have a computer, would you still write?

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  1. Joel Diffendarfer profile image93
    Joel Diffendarferposted 3 years ago

    If you didn't have a computer, would you still write?

    And what if, all you had was an old ribbon type typewriter but not a computer, would you use it?


  2. peachpurple profile image81
    peachpurpleposted 3 years ago

    nope, i won't be posting online if there is no computer. Afterall, it is hard to get article published in newspaper with typewriter

  3. FatFreddysCat profile image100
    FatFreddysCatposted 3 years ago

    Probably... but it would have to be an electric typewriter, because I never had the finger strength to type very well with those old fashioned ones!!

    1. heidithorne profile image97
      heidithorneposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I hear ya, FatFreddysCat! I learned on a non-electric typewriter back in H.S. Needed lots of hand coordination, too. So we had type to music (the Cha-Cha was the best). OMG, hilarious!

    2. Joel Diffendarfer profile image93
      Joel Diffendarferposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Heidi, now that is funny...we weren't allowed to use the electric typwriters until senior year.  Over and over again, faster each time:  "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog"

    3. FatFreddysCat profile image100
      FatFreddysCatposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yup, when I started my junior-high typing class I couldn't press the keys hard enuff to make any impressions on the paper, haha... so the teacher stuck me at an electric typewriter in the back of the room, and that's what I learned to type on.

  4. M. T. Dremer profile image92
    M. T. Dremerposted 3 years ago

    Yes. Writers did it in the past, so I see no reason why I couldn't use it as an alternative. I write a lot of my drafts on paper anyway. So I view the computer as an editing/finalizing tool. Which could be replaced if necessary.

  5. locaj profile image60
    locajposted 3 years ago

    Yes. Definitely I would.  When you found what you love to do, nothing will stand in your way.

  6. motherbeastly profile image60
    motherbeastlyposted 3 years ago

    Probably.  I want to put my words on paper and my handwriting is awful

  7. Sinbadsailorman profile image73
    Sinbadsailormanposted 3 years ago

    For Myself Maybe But No I'd start Speaking or Creating in some other Form of Media Radio, Video, Public Billboard  Graffiti on Walls Trains abandon Building. Paintings Sculpture I suck at all of those to But I'd Try I'd Dream Or I'd die!

  8. connorj profile image80
    connorjposted 3 years ago


    No; however, (a matter of fact) when I use a computer or i-pad I do not write either, I actually type or peck depending on the real definition of typing. On occasion, I do like to dictate a wee-bit too. I definitely do not write to accomplish my "writings" or to reinforce my argument I should "pec" works instead of "writings"...

  9. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
    Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years ago

    OMGosh, I did have an old typewriter just like that and I did use it. The keys were hard to punch, but it sure strengthened my hand muscles and prepared me for learning the keyboard.  I would still use it if I still had it. I love that style TW.

    And, yes - if I did not have a computer, I would still write. I once wrote an entire novel by hand - some 3000 pages.  I lost it somewhere over the years. Maybe someone will find it and publish it. LOL

  10. nicolas-ray profile image60
    nicolas-rayposted 3 years ago

    Yes of course, what ever instrument I had handy to jot down my stories, the use of crayons, stick in the sand, or my trusty Classic Etch a Sketch.

  11. heidithorne profile image97
    heidithorneposted 3 years ago

    Well, I used to have an "old ribbon type typewriter" back in the day, even though it was electric. I'm not that old! smile Honestly, I didn't seriously think about writing as a career and/or hobby until PCs came out and I started using them at work. However, I do have to say that most of my writing ideas and planning are done on paper. Good question, Joel!

  12. Rochelle Frank profile image95
    Rochelle Frankposted 3 years ago

    I actually learned to type on a machine that looked like that.  The class was a summer school elective, so each session was two hours long. Yes, it took some finger muscles to use it, and I can remember the aching hands. We always said that if we didn't learn to type by the end of the class, at least we  would be able to crack walnuts with our bare hands.
    As I entered college my parents bought me a portable Remington, which was used for all of my reports and term papers.
    I wrote with more modern typewriters and eventually got my own "Selectric". which was wonderful. I bought it, at a very low price, from an insurance company office that was replacing their typewriters with these things called computers.
    People who have word processing have no idea how much work it was to use a typewriter. Yes, I could still write with one, but it would be hard to go back.

    1. Joel Diffendarfer profile image93
      Joel Diffendarferposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, the memories you stirred up!  And don't forget about all of that paper, manilla folders, and whiteout!

  13. MDavisatTIERS profile image84
    MDavisatTIERSposted 3 years ago

    Good morning, Joel; I'm so old that the stone and chisel were all we had, and I wrote.  Paper and pen - what an improvement.  Typewriter - not as easy to tote, but loved the sound of those clacking keys. 

    Computer, well, it just goes without saying, that I love it. But I know other methods to record my thoughts, ideas and feelings, and would revert to them in the event of a power outage.  And I bet there's an old Underwood at the Pawn Shop down the road...may just have to see. ~Marilyn


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