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.
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.