This is what writers used to use. Editing was done with red pens and authors rewrote so many times their fingers turned black. Nowadays I rarely ever rewrite anything. I edit extensively. But I never rewrite like I used to do when I submitted hardcopy. And that’s because if I wanted to change a sentence or a paragraph I couldn’t cut and paste. I had to rewrite the entire page and then hope it would fit.
Of course I didn’t use a typewriter like this one, but I did use an IBM Electric and a Word Processor right up until 1999. I still have boxes filled with hardcopy manuscripts I haven’t bothered to turn into electronic files.
The only reason I switched to a computer in 1999 was because my editors were starting to tell me I didn’t have a choice anymore. Basically, they told me if I didn’t go electronic I wouldn’t be able to keep up. And I was still in my twenties, which made me unique in the sense that I wasn’t online at all. Although I’m glad everything is now electronic, from submissions to contracts, and I wouldn’t want to go back to a typewriter for any amount of money, there was something very comforting about the sound, feel, and touch of a typewriter that can’t be explained unless you’ve done it.