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Curiosity is surely a must for writers. For fiction, "What if?" can be the start of a bestseller. Whether SciFi, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, What If will transport you to that wonderful place of research and discovery. Of course, the same is true for the non-fiction writers. Today, my What If began with thinking about how we put our thoughts on paper. Personally, I used to sit in a chair with a pad and pen. Eventually, with my very own IBM Selectric Typewriter, I created right there, making sure my bottle of whiteout was handy. (I know, I know, I'm dating myself).

Today, writers have the option of just talking into their computer to get their thoughts written, others are devoted to an iconic manual they first learned on, and as for me, I couldn't live without my laptop! So, who is the person we can thank for this magical keyboard that lets us create?

1819: Christopher Latham Sholes, inventor of the typewriter and the QWERTY keyboard.

Thank you, Mr. Sholes. Where would we be without you?


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