• Word processing, according to Dictionary.com, is: "writing, editing, and production of documents, as letters, reports, and books, through the use of a computer program or a complete computer system designed to facilitate rapid and efficient manipulation of text."
  • Jay David Bolter explains that with the invention of the word processor, revisions are far easier for a writer than they were with a typewriter. Now, deleting one letter or one paragraph can be done in an instant. "In using these facilities," Bolter says, "the writer is thinking and writing in terms of verbal units or topics, whose meaning transcends their constituent words" (29).

Bolter, "Word Processing and Topical Writing"
  • Word processors show the flexibility of electronic writing.
  • Word processors allow writers to copy, compare, and discard text with only a touch of a few buttons (much different than pen and paper or typewriter)
  • Most writers have accepted the technology of word processing with open arms: it makes writing easier and does not challenge the "conventional notion of writing"
  • The word processor = a tool for making the perfect printed copy, goal of word processor = ink on paper
  • Word processor treats text like scroll
  • Revising is much easier with word processors than with typewriters
  • One keystroke can delete a whole page or just a sentence
  • The people who designed word processors saw the importance of topical writing because they allowed for us to be able to add or delete units of writing such as the sentence or the paragraph
  • Word processors allow the writer to define the verbal unit