I have to face the fact that my little computer is wearing out. Aside from slowing down – which may or may not be fixable – the keys are actually getting harder to type on.
It’s coincided with a writing friend being driven bonkers by a new computer that just doesn’t seem to do anything they want it to, and my being present for the death of a printer belonging to a family member. (Okay I know I’m the common factor here, but honestly I’m not jinxing everyone’s electricals!)
The result of all this digital mayhem was my rediscovering an old yearning for a typewriter. I actually did type the first few chapters of a novel on a typewriter some time back and it was fun. Not that they don’t jam, smudge and so on, but there is just something so solid and dependable about a typewriter.
Also, it can be kind of therapeutic to have to leave your errors in.