As I was reading the articles on the history of word processing, I could not help but notice the keyword “preservation”. In the articles, it was mentioned that throughout the history of word processing, the issue for authors between using type writers or using a computerized machine to write their works, was the issue of reliability. Most early authors only cared for writing on typewriters because they only wanted to type out their work. It was only later on when admirers of these authors were seeking if there was any data left from these authors that was preserved, in order to discover more pieces of work from these authors. So, if these early authors had worked on computerized machines and saved their data, then perhaps we would have discovered more of their works, if we had not already discovered them.
Now we are only aware of what was made available to us, however if a computer was used, we can search the data of it, and even if we do not find complete pieces of works, we will find portions. For instance, with one of Ernest Hemmingway’s final works, it was a collaborative piece and was never completed, the other collaborators had to complete the piece of work after his death, through the texts he left. If he had been working on a computerized system, the data saved would have shown us perhaps the order of how he wished these sections were divided and laid out in his last book. Also through this data, we can learn more about the time of when he started writing his pieces and how long it took for him to finish them. Computerized writing does not only help preserve pieces of texts, but it helps us learn more about the writing process that comes with the texts.
When I write, I used to always write by hand, so whenever I go back over my writings, I never see exactly how my revisions were made, however, when I stated writing on a computer, because how Google Docs allows you to follow up your revisions, it actually helps me discover previous ideas I wanted to mention but because of a certain revision, i forgot about that idea, therefor, I can find a way to include it. Also, I can see the progress of my work, how each revision session changed and what exactly is being changed, in order for me to understand what I should focus on with my writing. Do I focus on more description, more imagery, adding more emotion, fixing sentence structures, etc. By reviewing each revision session, I will realize with each piece of work that I did, what was weak about it and what was strong about it and what needed work. Also I really like the idea about the dates and the times being available on computers since it shows how long each writing or revision session was and shows me a timeline of the progress of my work, which is not available when you write by hand.
Furthermore, usually when I write by hand, I do not like mistakes being made on the paper and I like the notebook to be organized, so on the days where I am suffering from writer’s block for a certain piece, because I do not want to disorganize the pages of the notebook and open a next page and start a new piece until i know what to do with the previous one, on a computer, I can just open up a new document, and not worry about creating a mess or ruining a specific organization, therefor on computers, I am more motivated to write even if the work is not complete. At least I am writing about all my ideas and am going back to them. (633).