Yea, I was just talking to a friend and fellow writer on twitter about getting a typewriter. The idea of writing on a typewriter is cool to me. Yes, I said it, cool; not to mention that this old IBM I’m working on right now has space bar issues, and I kind of have to pause after every word to make sure I push the space down hard enough makes it feel like I’m working on a pseudo-typewriter. I know I know, it’s weird. Screw punctuation, really. That was out of nowhere, but I needed to say it, and I felt it at the time.
My friend said that he knows people that swear by typewriters, and it shows a real commitment to writing. He said I should go for it. Blah, blah, I guess he has a point. I’ll sleep on it, or whatever that means. I’ll just think about it. Just the idea that you can continuously write in that slow, rhythmic manner is great, and I think the mere thought alone, the opportunity spawned just from the consideration of getting a typewriter is worth it.
I was researching Jack Kerouac, as you may know from recent posts, and how he composed The Road in that short span of time, and back then writers used typewriters (of course). If I remember my introduction correctly, Kerouac re-sized the paper and used a sort of roll to prevent the disruption of his typing rhythm when switching out the paper at the conclusion of each page. I like rhythms and I think I’ll consider over the next few weeks whether I should get a typewriter. By the way, you can google the part about Kerouac’s original draft and how he re-sized that paper.