Lately, I've had a hankerin' for a typewriter. There's some stuff, some writing, I want to do and I want to use a typewriter. Don't ask me why - it's just that there's a deep seated feeling in me that Writing, real Writing, is done on a typewriter.
I know of many famous writers who did all their work LONGHAND. I ain't that nuts. Besides, I'm left handed and when you write a lot of longhand, left handed, you get ink or graphite or whatever all over your fingers. Furthermore, I think too fast to write with a pen or pencil - I can type faster than I can write with my hand.
Anyway - in MY mind, serious Writing is done on a typewriter. Not longhand. Not on a computer. On a typewriter. And today, a friend of mine, Dr. Dave, gave me an old Smith-Corona portable, much like one I had as a very young man. Much like the one LM(Love Muffin) and I had when we were first married.
There's some things about typing on a typewriter that I'd forgotten about. One of those things, especially on a Manual, is the amount of key travel it takes to strike the paper with the letter. I've been typing on computers for more than 30 years, and I've become a bit spoiled by the instant feedback, limited travel keyboards that are now common on all computers. That key travel slows you down a bit and keeps you in the moment - somehow giving you a clarity of thought that computers can't match, and longhand loses because of the length of time and concentration it takes to write.
I'm close enough to done with my re-write of "Sarah" that I need to get the tools in place to prepare to make a manuscript. I may never submit an old fashioned, typewritten manuscript to a publisher - what I WILL do is scan the pages and OCR them into a file that will be submitted.
I know. It's backwards. But then, so am I, in many ways.