A Penny at a Time

Here’s something you hadn’t thought about. Think about this: you’re a writer, you know how it goes. You live in words. A well chosen word is worth a thousand pictures.

If you’re like me (you have my pity) you find yourself working more and more on the tiny keyboard of your phone. It’s so easy to just jot down ideas.

However. Howevuh. How Ev Er.

Think about this: that little keyboard is all about shorthand, isn’t it? Making keystrokes faster and easier so you don’t have to spend as much time hunting and pecking (that’s an old term – ask me and I’ll ‘splain it to you someday), choosing the words you want to use. The little keyboard chooses them for you.

Here’s a cliche: wait, what? The keyboard chooses the words for you?

All you have to do is start the word, and the keyboard finishes it for you. So, who’s writing the word? So, maybe it’s easier to just go with the word the keyboards chooses, rather than use the arcane word you were about to write.

So, it’s a little easier to let the keyboard do the writing for you…

It’s like robbing a bank, a penny at a time. Every time you let the mobile keyboard on your phone finish your thought, it’s no longer your thought, is it? Did that sentence come from Google instead of you?

Because it’s easier doesn’t mean it’s better. Because it’s faster doesn’t mean that you and I should become lazy and let the computer do the writing for us.

I’m writing this on my phone, but it’s connected to a Bluetooth keyboard, so no word suggestions pop up.

Since I’m on a regular keyboard, I find it easier to type longer words that would otherwise take forever to crank out on the phone. Words like circumstance rather than event. Or phenomenon, rather than event. Or occurance, rather than event.

This is a golden age for us writers. I’m on my front porch on a Sunday morning, writing a post that will be read by you and all of my other follower.

We just have to be careful, you and I, that we don’t let our creativity get swept away by the gilded lily of technology.

Gilded lily – it’s an old term that’s out of use these days…







Author: John D Reinhart

Author, technical writer, videographer, actor, and naval historian John D Reinhart is a very busy guy. You can find his novels as Smashwords.com.

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