Take Note

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Handwritten.”

Not long ago (like two weeks) I was spending a quiet (so quiet sounds had been sucked out of the world) Sunday morning minding the Art Co-op shop. There was a tablet there used in lieu of a cash register. I had a story on my mind. I knew some of the facts I needed but not all, and I suddenly realized that I could use that tablet for research.

And I did.

I had to take notes “old-school.” On notebook paper. There was a spiral notebook in the drawer. Strangely, it was a pleasure writing by hand, and I enjoyed the whole experience. The pleasure was diminished when I got home and had to figure out what to do with those notes in this very different world. I still don’t know. It seems dumb to transcribe them onto my laptop when, really, they’re more useful on paper I can refer to. I did learn why we used to use desks back in the old days, though. πŸ˜‰


7 thoughts on “Take Note

  1. And you have a handwriting that can be read by a mortal. I’m impressed. Mine, rusty with age, is unreadable by anyone. I once had a big job out in California and I took notebooks full of handwritten notes. Before I got a chance to transcribe the notes, I came down with the flu and was OUT for a couple of weeks. When I looked at the notes, I had not idea what I was trying to say. It appeared to be in some weird code that had nothing to do with English.

    I had to call the place and ask for help deciphering the information. How humiliating. And they paid me anyway.

    Moral of the story? At least in the tech world? Transcribe note immediately. Same day. Lest life get in the way of memory and reading comprehension …

  2. I think if it wasn’t for the typewriter, later the computer, I would never have began to write. It would not go fast enough for me. My thoughts would be lingering behind somewhere. I had a lot of practice with steno dictation, as what you write was said before you write it, you are always a few words behind, if not a sentence, but it is tiring. Now I can write as my thought arrive and it’s fun. I really only write for the fun of it.

    • I type something like 100 wpm. But until we had computers on our desks, I didn’t type well and I never write by hand any more — or hadn’t until those few Sundays in the shop. Now I have all these notes and no idea what to do with them. πŸ™‚

  3. I think writing by hand is great. And I agree too that it seems silly to transcribe written notes onto a computer! It’s SO much easier to refer to notes in a notebook than to refer back to them on a laptop. For the most part, I still and have always written my stories and notes in a notebook. It’s only during the last few years I slowly transitioned writing my stories on a computer. I didn’t have a laptop when I was in grade school writing my first stories, all I had was notebooks and pencils, so that’s how I learned and how I still try to stick to that way these days. πŸ™‚

    • I used a typewriter from college on — the transition to the computer was GREAT (in the 80s) since it meant I didn’t have to retype things constantly, but there is something sweet about writing by hand. Thanks for stopping by!

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