Does the process of transferring literary work from manual state to a digital state counts as a second draft?

Believe it or not. Once upon a time people wrote all manuscripts on lined or unlined paper. Not with pens but with quills leaving big messes along the way.

But the craft of penmanship involved down through the years.

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Sure, IBM Word Processors existed, but those made in the late 80’s and early 90’s were equally as expensive as a computer in 1995. Some cost even more. Now, if the work was done on an outmoded word processor, saved on a floppy disk, then you are blessed. It can simply be transfered it to digital. But if not…then you are pretty much screwed. You are going to have to redo the whole thing.

With some word processors, we were are looking at the 3 grand mark. If you shouldn’t afford almost a-house-down-payment back then, then shrugged your shoulders and bust out the old one|two, a Mead notebook.

Some people used a typewriter to type their manuscript if they had one. Remember, typewriters didn’t correct anything. If you made an error, just tough, some typewriters had a error corrector on the machine, but most didn’t. Decent typing used to consist of a 35 to 40 error free WPM!

Goodness, now it’s 50 WPM! Seems to me that increases the error rate.

While a 90% is a good passing grade in many activities, it isn’t for typing accuracy. 90% accuracy would mean that 10% of your words are incorrect. Put another way, out of every 1,000 words you type, 100 would have errors.

Now, when transferring the manual written manuscript to digital, a lot of the original contents are corrected. That’s why I say the transfer is a second draft.


About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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2 Responses to Does the process of transferring literary work from manual state to a digital state counts as a second draft?

  1. Dunwoody says:

    I would say it could count as a second draft. How many times are an author to write, edit, rewrite one book?

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    • I agree Dunwoody, I think so too. Over editing kills the flavor of a novel.
      Actually, many of the classic novels were never edited at all. The publisher printed it exactly how it was written. Especially the first edition. Later editions are where we find the modern day editing.

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