I recently learned that Tom Hanks loves typewriters, everything about them, and he has a collection. I will drool over typewriters used as historic displays in storefronts, I will pause in business supply stores and look at the latest version of a typewriter and wonder when I will be able to justify the expense. Not if, but when. Some authors dream of the day when they can afford a trip to… or that $$$ purse… or (insert frivolous dream of your choice). Mine is a typewriter or three.
Some writers create their first draft with pen and paper. I’ve always been a keyboard girl but switched from typewriters to word processing in 1983 and will never go back. In 2003 I needed to be mobile but couldn’t justify the cost or weight of a laptop so I got a PDA and fold-able keyboard. “Docs-To-Go” was the latest and greatest app and I wrote a whole first draft on that tiny devise. Now I have a tablet and Bluetooth keyboard, and will be trying out Goggle Docs.
This trip down memory lane is because I’ve been cleaning out closets. Purging the old, uncluttering, downsizing, and I unearthed that Clio and Keyboard. At first I was nostalgic but then I just marveled at innovation of my typing tools in only ten years, and yet, my writing process still requires one keystroke at a time.