Published March 25, 2020 by rochellewisoff

Another idea struck me this morning and decided why not double dip? This is what happens when a person wakes before 04:00 with her mind on spin cycle. A hearty thank you to my mother who sat me down with my brother’s Gregg textbook and insisted I learn to type. I argued, “What does an artist need with typing?” 

PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold

Genre: Questionable

Word Count: 100


Q is for quill which is what Charles Dickens used to write his stories.

W is for the white-out I would need were I using a manual machine.   

E is for happy endings.

R is for ruminations, renderings and rebuttals. It’s also the first letter in my name.

T is for typewriter. Imagine writing a novel in longhand. Hats off to Christopher Latham Sholes.

Y is for yesteryear when life was simpler. Was it really?”

Rochelle studied her brightly-lit desktop screen. “Not so sure about this one.” She tapped the delete key. “Or maybe…” She hit CTRL Z. “Viva technology.”

Could I avoid history? I think not. CLICK HERE.

The reason Jeff took the picture. 😉


79 comments on “KEYSTROKES

    • Dear Roger,

      How lovely to see you here in Purpleville since we’ve used so many of your wonderful photos (and have offered so many more for me to choose from)! I’m sure a few late-night revelations have fallen into oblivion. Good advice. Thank you for stopping by.




  • I went on to read the article and OMG I must be older than I thought 😂 Now I remember using the l key for a one. It was marginally easier than doing apostrophe-backspace-period for an exclamation point! I was so thrilled the first time I got a typewriter with that one/exclamation point!

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  • Uh-oh! Double trouble. I like this one. I like a quirky story. Adding a little qwerty only makes it better.

    I’m often jealous of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain and all the writers who came before the internet, television, or even radio. I think about how much more writing I could get done if it weren’t so easy to pick up my phone and get distracted with games or tab over to YouTube and get lost in more videos than I could watch in a lifetime. Of course, I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t move a paragraph or a chapter at will or look up a word or research the entirety of human knowledge by opening a new tab or run my novel through ProWritingAid and its ridiculously intense reports. What I call rewriting is editing. Before the word processor, it was actually rewriting.

    I recently read “The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness, and the Love of Words” (retitled “The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary” in the United States and Canada) by Simon Winchester, which might be my new favorite book. In it, he talks about William Shakespeare never looking up a word or doing any research. It wasn’t an option back then. The dictionary didn’t exist. That makes what he accomplished so much more mind-blowingly amazing. That could also be why he coined so many words and phrases. “What word should I use here? Eh. I’ll make up one.”

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      We do live in a different era, don’t we? I can’t imagine writing without the technology we have. I have moved entire chapters via copy and paste because they fit better in one place than another. In fact I’m in the process of doing that with a current WIP. And then there’s the tool in Word that allows you to search and find overused words. I could expound for hours. Thesaurus and are my companions. Thanks to them my vocabulary continues to grow…evolve…flourish…expand…multiply…
      Hey! Through the magic of technology, I could delete your comment. (But I would never do that because I enjoyed it. 😉 ) Thank you so much for being part of Friday Fictioneers.

      Shalom and good health.


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  • I am old enough to remember using a typewriter… I never used a quill but once I wrote with a fountain pen… but though it does exist I have never let the computer interpret my speech… I think there is room for a future generation to wonder why we ever used a keyboard.

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    • Dear Bjorn,

      I remember using fountain pens as a kid and thinking they were the greatest thing ever. With voice activation, you might be right about the future generations. Than you for reading and commenting.




  • Oh, I love this prompt and I love your typewriter. Clever with the qwerty, and I did enjoy reading about Mr Sholes. I did have to count your words though, don’t know why I bothered. Guess who I read today… Jennifer @ elmowrites

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    • Dear Ted,

      I’ve also told Ms. Elmo that she should rejoin us. 😉 You checked my word count??? Gasp! You dared to doubt? You make me laugh. I couldn’t resist adding a touch of history. Thank you, my friend.

      Shalom and good health,



    • Dear Tanille,

      I don’t profess to be the best touch typist, but I do a pretty snappy backspace. 😉 I am grateful to my mom for insisting I learn the basics. Thank you for typing your comment in the box. 😀



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  • Lovely quirky story, and I loved the reveal. Your drawing is super. I wrote the whole of my first novel longhand. I found I had to because a keyboard put me into technical report mode, which was not very appealing for a novel!

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    • Dear Penny,

      When I wrote my first short stories and first novel, I did a lot of longhand. Now, ironically, I find typing cathartic. I say whatever works for a person is what that person should do. 😉 Thank you.




  • Dear Rochelle,

    You are only allowed to double-dip when you give us an equally enchanting story as this one. There is something to writing in longhand… They say it helps with creativity. Let’s face it, once we’ve written it by hand, then type it, it will change and then we can really play, right? Cut/paste/CTRL-C/CTRL-Z…

    Shalom and lotsa hand-written love


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    • Dear Liz,

      Blessed are the double-dippers for they shall have twice the fun. Ctrl Z will bring back the last thing you deleted. Much more forgiving than a typewriter. I use it often.

      Shalom and continued good health,



    • Dear Miranda,

      I used to write everything in longhand first and sometimes still do. However, more often than not, I find that my thoughts flow more freely when typing. Go figure. 😉 Thank you re my story.




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