Over the years I have read hundreds of incredible books by some amazing authors – Jane Austen – Charles Dickens – Emily Bronte, and many more. My love for reading started very young and my love for writing developed soon after. I try to imagine what it must have been like to write so many books without the use of the technology we are blessed with today? Just imagine for a second – no computers/laptops – no internet – no smart phones, and that’s just for starters … I remember a time without all those things, and it really was not that long ago! I remember you had to write a letter to stay in contact with a friend, the use of your landline phone was much more expensive as they did not have the competition they have today. If you needed to make a phone call whilst you were out shopping you used a phone box! I used to love receiving a hand written letter through the post – something we rarely receive today, unless you have my grandma of course who is a great fan of the written word and always sends me lovely hand written letters! Once read, i bind them together with a piece of string in a little bundle for safe keeping.
While I tap away swiftly on my laptop, I pause for a moment to appreciate the speed in which I am able to produce this post, yes these days its all made so much simpler for us, I mean we even have spell check! Imagine a world without spell check (it does not bare thinking about) just ask my editor! However I cant help feeling from time to time that receiving a text message is not quite the same as a lovely hand written letter, or the smell of a brand new journal and the crisp white paper on which I used to write before I too conformed to the ways of technology. So again try and imagine what it was like for authors/writers in times gone by, when each and every beautiful word was hand written, with no spell check to correct their silly mistakes! I feel a sense of envy towards them as even with all the aids we have today to make our writing far easier, the authors of the past such as I mentioned at the beginning produced some of the most beautifully written words of all time.
To this day I do keep a beautiful note book which I write all my ideas in (by hand) in my very own handwriting no less! I truly love my notebook and it travels with me everywhere just in case I have a moment of clarity.