Laura, in the 1990s, is writing in the early days of word-processing on a laptop:
In London the night deepened, and Laura worked on her story for Meera Bryden. She was still exhilarated by the effortlessness of writing on screen – skaters must know that swift sweep and glide. But as her work took shape, her enthusiasm ebbed. The traceless erasure of mistakes, first thoughts, alternatives masked the fallible labour that paper preserved. By the time she had finished writing, she no longer trusted her processed words. Unblemished but unfresh, they put her in mind of supermarket apples.
(Questions of Travel, by Michelle de Kretser, Allen and Unwin, 2012, p 145)
I do love the way WordPress automatically keeps all my revisions, if only MS Word did that!
Fishpond: Questions of Travel