The ease of typing on a computer a click of a button, the movement of a mouse editing is done and thoughts are changed. Computers have made writing impersonal, an easy task.
I recently just purchased a typewriter, I found it while wandering through a thrift shop. The excitement of finding the golden ticket entered my soul; this sounds corny but it’s true. I paid my money and walked out with my new found treasure.
I brought it home and my children both said, “Is that a typewriter?” I responded, “Yea! I found it at the thrift shop.” “That’s so cool can we use it?” All of this excitement for an antiquated piece of machinery; who would have thought in a world full of gadgets and gizmos, doohickeys and thingamajigs this old fashioned device would provide my home with a new type of inspiration.
I began typing out a short story and quickly realized how difficult this was. Typing on a typewriter requires patience, diligence, persistence and time. Inserting the paper, deleting letters manually to fix a mistake.
This piece of machinery, this clunky, loud noisy machine has given me a new found inspiration and respect for writers before me. I imagine Ray Bradbury writing my favorite book Farenheit 451 on a typewriter in the library and realize how dedicated he was to his craft.
The time, the effort, the countless hours of editing, and effort needed to complete a piece of work, but there’s something refreshing and invigorating about the click, click ding of the typewriter.