Today’s prompt is Ready, Set, Done to write for 10 minutes about any subject and then post it with either no editing or very little. I wouldn’t subject you to a post like that as my first drafts don’t make much sense – they’re jottings, disconnected sentences, and punctuation? what’s that!
But, the prompt reminded me of another life when I worked as the PA (personal assistant) to a woman who owned & ran a gym with over 2,000 members. She would write her letters & memos in an exercise book and when she was ready to send something out she’d hand me the book and point out the, not necessarily sequential, pages to be typed; pages that looked like they were filled with chicken scratch. I’m a touch typist and I can type fast; very fast. But, given the length of time between her handing me that book and me giving her back a first draft you’d think I was still typing on the little portable typewriter I learnt to type on! You know, the ones that came in a little carry case and where the “keyboard” was too small for your fingers and keys would come up in multiples and get stuck together!
She would go through my first attempt and mark up the “errors” in exactly the same illegible scribble! I’d be back at the golfball 3 or 4 times before it was acceptable. One day she handed me the exercise book and pointed out the pages she wanted transformed into a beautiful business letter. I set to work ……and typed exactly what I was seeing. I typed it directly on letterhead and, as I handed it to her, I proudly announced that I’d finally conquered her handwriting so the letter wouldn’t need any revision. In my mind I can still see her expression as she looked at the gooblydedook on the page – I think she wondered if I’d suffered some cerebral episode! .. Then we both laughed and she tried really hard after that to straighten up her scribble.