slower in a good way?

“Writing on a manual [typewriter] makes you slower in a good way, I think. You don’t revise as much, you just think more, because you know you’re going to have to retype the entire fucking thing. Which is a big stop on just slapping anything down and playing with it.”

Typewriter is free software that doesn’t have backspace, delete, or cut-and-paste functions. A la manual typewriter.

Or stone tablet.

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

5 thoughts on “slower in a good way?”

  1. Hey Nancy! No, I haven’t, and I don’t think I will. I can see the advantages of being constricted in the ways described, but if I were the using software on an existing computer I would know I could switch any time I feel like it back to regular Word. Just having manual-typewriter-mimicking software is not enough to create manual-typewriter psychology, it seems to me.

  2. I just got my first laptop and I’m so slow on it because I am not used to having a mouse. It does slow me down, and I do think it helps me with poetry. I try to think of this when it is annoying me.

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