Write Type

School typewriters had bibs covering the keys to force us to touch type. Had to use all ten digits to cover the keyboard and never peek beneath the bib.

“The quick brown fox jumped over the log.” And many other rote phrases to ensure the fingers became agile.

No more dirty ribbons to change leaving ink stained fingers. No more liquid white out to conceal our errors. No more carbon sheets neatly aligned for smudgy faded copies.

Now we can cut and paste with a few swift strokes, scissors and glue old hat. Sensitive key strokes essential as less pressure is needed compared to those old clanger typewriters.

And what a blessing those lessons were coz now I can type quick as I can think. Accuracy assured from years of practice.

With typing skills mastered the pressure mounts … now what can I actually write about!

Written for: https://sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/2018/06/16/weekend-writing-prompt-59-typewriter/ – exactly 149 words on “Typewriter”



  1. That’s wonderful, Kate. I didn’t learn to type at school. I did the ‘academic’ course. I taught myself to touch type on an old second-hand typewriter. When I could afford it, I bought myself an electronic typewriter that had a correcting ribbon. So cool. But ah, the wonder of word processing. Love it, and wouldn’t return to the old ways. I only wish I was as fast and accurate as you. 🙂

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  2. ah, sweet memories!
    Seems so long ago now. As if in another life.
    What I wouldn’t give for one of those manual typewriters, to tap away.

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