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Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Last Resort...

I started a short story a while back. This short story is now on its third draft and no progress has been made beyond the third paragraph. I am using the reflective narrator so dialogue is not a problem, nor is it the expository. As a source of inspiration I have turned to my last resort: A 1939 portable Royal typewriter in mint condition.

I bought it late in 1997 and it has been a faithful companion in the age of technology. I have written various essays using it and even though it feels like a pre-historic dinosaur, I find succor with it. This is the same model Hemingway used while composing his masterpiece "For Whom the Bell Tolls." I have read various books on fiction writing and all of them agree that if a certain habit or knack helps you with your writing then by all means indulge. I know of people who only use a specific gel pen (they've ordered dozens on the chance that they might not be produced again), or others who only write on Moleskine notebooks. So, I will use my typewriter like the good Luddite that I am... wish me luck with this!
By the way, I finished reading "Writers on Writing." This book took me a long time to finish due to the fact that I had a concert and several other things going on at the same time. So, in order to catch up for lost time I am going to give my two-books-at-the-same-time theory another try. I am reading Junot Diaz's "Drown," and Carl Jung's "The Undiscovered Self."

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At 4:35 AM, Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Whatever that you feel comfortable writing with, JCR.
It will stay a faithful companion!
Using a typewriter like all those famous crime novelist feels decidedly romantic.
Enjoy! :-)

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Ex Libris said...

Oh, my, I've typed on those before - hope you have plenty of correction tape/liquid paper/typewriter erasers on hand :) Having used the gamut of typewriting instruments in my 30 years of being an admin, my preference is the computer. But more power to you if the typewriter is what works for you!! Do you have trouble finding ribbons for it?

At 7:48 PM, Blogger Kate S. said...

Your Royal is a lovely machine. I bought myself a nice old Underwood of the same vintage yesterday while similarly in search of inspiration. For a peek at it, click here.

Good luck with your story!


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