I am about to give away my age because when I started writing it was on pen and paper. There were no computers. Typewriters existed of course but they weren’t always accessible for me since we didn’t have one at home. If the need arose for a more professional copy of my writing, I had to go to my dad’s office. However, that wasn’t necessary in elementary school.
It wasn’t until my teens that I learned to use a typewriter the correct way but by the end of middle school we already had a computer at home. My first one was an Apple II. It was big, bulky, and had a dial up modem. That computer became my best friend. I taught myself not only how to type but how to do more than just play games since the computer came with a manual.
That’s when my writing began to get serious. I knew I wanted to write for the rest of my life at that point. It was my escape and entertainment most days besides reading. Television was watched, of course, but wasn’t my interest most days.
My first word processing software can’t be remembered but I do recall using WordPerfect at some point then moving on to Word for Windows eventually. Since then I haven’t stopped using Word for any reason. I’ve tried other software for writing. I’ve bought writing aids thinking they would help. However, Word has always been my go-to for writing stories.
I love the format of Word and have become quite familiar with all the things that can be done using the software. It helps my writing a lot because most days, I write in a linear fashion. There’s not much cut and pasting. However, there’s enjoyment in being able to play around with fonts, the format of the paragraph, and even the layout of the document.
My writing has spanned many years but my style and format have not changed, only improved. I use Word for Windows on my Hewlett Packard laptop. It’s the only way for me to write unless I decide to pick up a pad and pen but that is now usually reserved for notes and research.
If you’re interested in knowing which Windows software I use on my laptop, here is the link.