It’s not a sight you see every day, a writer typing with his typewriter in a public cafe. To many, the typewriter is nothing but an old piece of technology, which has been made worthless by the invention of laptops and other computes, while to others, it is what truly makes their fingers dance on the keys, typing stories and creating worlds faster than before.
I’m one of those people who still use a typewriter. I’m actually a collector of typewriters and I currently hold three beautiful pieces of art in my collection, two of which I use actively in my work.
My current book, the first part of my Jalten series, is being written with an Olivetti Leterra, and though one could say it would be faster to use a laptop, I’m here to convince you that it’s actually the typewriter which is the faster way to inspiration and finished work.
So, today, let’s talk about why you should use a typewriter when writing your new masterpiece.
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The Inspiring Power Of The Typewriter
Typewriters have been used for a long long time. The first commercial typewriter was patented in 1868 and since then, it was used by office workers and authors alike.
But with the invention of computers, the typewriter, at least for most people, became obsolete. Computers seemed to make writing faster and easier.
While it is true that it is much easier to edit a novel with Microsoft Word than with a pen and paper, I still claim that typewriter is the superior choise, when it comes to the art of writing.
Why do I think so?
There are a few reasons.
Typewriter Makes You Bare And Forces You To Focus
The first reason, and the reason that seems the most foolish, yet is one of the most important ones, is the fact that typewriter makes you bare.
There is nothing, but the keys and a piece of paper in front of you. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Youtube.
There is no Gmail or other places you could run to when you feel stuck. There is nothing to distract yourself from the writing.
From experience, I can say that one of the hardest things about writing is the actual process of sitting down and writing. Especially when I’m having a hard time with Writer’s block, my mind tries to search for every possible way to distract myself from writing.
Thus, when I’m using my typewriter, I literally force myself to think through the problems in my story and focus, which in turn leads to me making great progress and suddenly pulling out page after page until I’ve written an entire chapter.
The Feeling Of Typing Is Addicting
This really depends on the person, but to me, the sound of typewriter clicking is one of the most enjoyable sounds there is.
I just love the feeling when I’m typing my story down, every single click making me want to continue on, until I’ve reached that flow-state, where I just type and type, my fingers flowing like the wind on the keys.
The way you have to type on a typewriter is so different from the keyboard, yet so enjoyable once you get used to it.
It makes you feel closer to your actual story as if you really were forging it on the go.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I just love everything about the feeling of the typewriter.
Continuing The Legacy Of The Greats
The typewriter is a symbol of writers and storytellers.
I think we all have an image of a scene, where an old man is smoking a cigar, while sitting in front of his old typewriter, typing away his next bestseller.
I’ve always been the kind of person who likes the old things, the things that are seen as outdated, or strange by the majority of the people of my age.
Maybe that’s one of the reasons I gravitate towards the typewriter. It makes me feel like I’m connecting with the authors of the past, letting go of the modern distractions and things that make writing “too easy.”
A typewriter feels like an instrument. It’s part of you. Once you really get in the zone, you become one with your typewriter and that leads to greatness.
A typewriter is a simple machine. It forces its user to really focus on the story, to think through the challenges without there being the chance to flee into the world of the internet.
It’s a part of history, a piece of art. It takes us back in time and really makes us think about what we really need to write a good story.
There are so many apps and programs people claim help them write better, but I believe the simplest way is the best one.
Thus, try the typewriter. Venture into your local flea market and search for any kind of typewriter. Most are sold cheaply out of ignorance, but you can use that and get your first typewriter for as little as 15 euros.
If you need help deciding a good starter typewriter for yourself, or you have found a machine and want to ask more about it, comment on this article, Tweet me, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a typewriter collector, I’d be glad to help you get started!
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