An obsession with typewriters is quite common for writers. All the literary greats had a typewriter.
There are so many benefits with this sort of obsession:
- Owning an old typewriter means you will be regarded as cool and retro – a refreshing change from being seen as odd / weird / random.
- Owning an old typewriter screams ‘creative person’ it gives you that instant creative / arty / interesting person look.
- They are the ultimate accessory for a writer’s home and give you the opportunity at dinner parties to go on about how similar you are to Agatha Christie – both of you are writers and like to type out your novels. Obviously this could be where the similarities end so try not to get carried away on this.
- A typewriter forces you to think about your next sentence. Your forward planning writing skills will be put to the test.
- A typewriter offers you a distraction free method of writing. No internet access icons waving at you. You are simply typing and writing!
- A typewriter pin board on Pinterest makes you look creative. Click here to admire my board.
- There is something romantic about typing at an old desk, next to an open window, with a beautiful view. Sigh!
- A typewriter gives you a sensory treat; the feel of hitting the keys, the click clack sound and then seeing the printed words appear on the page.
- The click clack sound of an old typewriter can be therapeutic.
- You can’t press a button and delete chunks of work. A typewriter forces you to rewrite.
- Retro typewriters make great visual images for blogs or online sites.
- They might not be practical for novel-writing but they work wonders for re-energizing writers who have lost their creative way.
Am just off to sit by an open window, wave to passers-by and type something profound – loud sigh!
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