Tuesday, 24 February 2009

First Use of Computer

I can remember being the first on my magazine to use a computer to write articles. Well, computer being a bit strong, but it [an Amstrad PCW8256] was preferable to using a manual typewriter . . . How things have changed in a few short years. Instead of correcting on paper with correction fluid, it seemed a miracle to be able to correct my copy on screen - what a relief!

Friday, 20 February 2009

How did I start writing?

You might ask how it was that I came to start writing in the first place? The answer is necessity. In 1979, and living in Devon, I had just £22 to my name. "What can I do to make some money?", I thought. I was lucky that a previous employer had taught me to touch-type because the first idea to enter my head was that I could write articles for the press.

I remembered once reading that you should always write about what you know, and so I wrote about the loss of a battleship that was sunk off the Devon coast during the First World War and my search for a memorial that once stood on the quayside. Once completed, I sent it off to the editor of the local paper. Imagine my surprise when the editor rang me up and invited me to lunch. Imagine my further surprise when he suggested I write a regular series entitled 'Where is it now?'. I accepted and my writing career had started. A month later, I received my first cheque. It was a moment to savour.