Would you still want to be a writer if the technology we use didn’t exist?
Be honest. Serious.
Think about it. William Shakespeare – one of the most renowned writers ever – had to craft his plays (wordy, Olde English suckers that they were) by hand. He had to dip a feather quill into ink every other word. How the hell did he manage to keep his thoughts flowing? Not to mention, if Shakey (that’s what I call him) accidently spilled wine on his pages, they were ruined and he had to start all over again! *gasp*
That would make my recent soda incident an accident of suicidal proportions.
How about this: Stephen King’s prolific career began with a typewriter.
A typewriter. Keep in mind this was before correction tape was invented even. No wonder the publishing world was accustomed to 2-5 years between author releases!
I’m fairly certain I would never have been able to come up with a single clean, editor-worthy page of manuscript using a typewriter. EVER. The kerclack sound with each and every letter alone would have been enough to send me postal.
Knowing myself, I would not have had the patience or drive to complete 5+ revisions of a manuscript (heck, I’m on #7 now), using either the quill pen or typewriter methods. I’m soft, I’ll admit it.
And I wonder how many of my favorite current authors would have survived to become what they are.
What about you? Do you honestly think you could have done it in the old days? Do you think receiving rejections hurt even more after having to go through all those extra hoops?