They’re not the most convenient, easy to use, or forgiving machines, but there was a point in time where typewriters were the staple of society. While truly productive life has moved on to more user-friendly methods of production (like Microsoft Word), it’s good to be able to appreciate them for what they are– niche, a little obnoxious, and a quite a bit of fun.
There’s something intensely satisfying about putting ink to paper, but, if you’re anything like me, your handwriting rivals that of the medical industry. While I may not be able to properly script out an elegant, flowing alphabet, I can type at 80 words per minute. Typewriters are the best of both words: tactile satisfaction and speed of writing.
That being said, they also force you to slow down. There’s very little room for error, so each typo creates permanent damage and an extensive cover-up process. Writers can’t backspace their work, so they become both more meticulous and more intentional about their stream-of-consciousness.
They’re unique. Really, not everyone has a typewriter. It’s a collectible item that has dual functionality as a incredibly useful writing utensil (provided you don’t have access to a computer). Sure, you’ll be that person among your friends, but you’ll also have a fairly good talking point about your home office, bedroom, or wherever you keep your antique.
They’re incredibly simple. Everyone can learn how to fix and use a mechanical typewriter. The question is, why haven’t you yet?
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