Ding, Ding!

“Everything you type on a typewriter sounds grand, the words forming in mini-explosions of SHOOK SHOOK SHOOK. A thank-you note resonates with the same heft as a literary masterpiece.”
Tom Hanks

Tom’s got my vote! In fact, he’s so in love with the sound and the touch of a manual that he’s introduced an app for the iPad called Hanx Writer that mimics the sounds of a typewriter, from the pecking keys to the little “ding” at the end of a line. And guess what: Tom’s turn-your iPad- into- a-typewriter app is currently the #1 in the iTunes App Store.

I have to agree with Tom that there is something tremendously satisfying about banging away on a manual typewriter. Just recently, I pulled out my old black Corona and I’ve been using it to type up my rewrites before inputting them on my computer. I’ve found that pecking out a draft on my typewriter slows me down and makes it easier for me to edit.

Just recently, I took my typewriter out onto my porch, set myself up with some paper and a cup of tea and was pounding away. Just the sound of it made me feel productive! A neighbor walked by and asked, “Writing the Great American Novel?” I laughed and said, “Just doing my Hemingway.” And he laughed. That started me thinking about successful writers who used manuals to craft their books: Truman Capote, JD Salinger, Edna Ferber, to name a few. Edna was so attached to her typewriter that she carted a portable one all over the world with her.

The Hanx Writer intrigues me: cutting-edge technology and Old World charm — what an intriguing blend. Bravo, Hank. Write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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