Friday, October 06, 2006

Typewriters and serialkillers

What is so damn special about typewriters? I don't get it. Recently, I saw a movie about a writer, who wrote all of her stuff on an old typewriter.
I have an old typewriter myself, actually. I used my pocketmoney to buy it from an antique shop when I was ten. It’s a great typewriter, as far as typewriters go, but actually writing on it is a bit like trying to get a three-year-old to eat its vegetables: it’s a slow process and sometimes you get your fingers bitten.

Those who love the idea of writing books on a typewriter, probably aren’t writers. They might want to be, I suppose. They might think that creating one masterpiece after another on a typewriter, is a terribly romantic idea. And every once in a while, someone (who’s obviously been staring at theirs for way to long) says that it helps them to “get in touch with the words”. I still think that after the second, third, fourth or maybe fifth draft, they’re going to wish they had a laptop. I mean, you can only sniff a certain amount of whiteout before you start going a bit loopy.

In the movie, the writer moves to a tiny, little island community with only 100-and-something citizens. Here, she moves into a tiny, little cottage with her typewriter (obviously) in order to work on her next book. She meets a handsome man (obviously) and falls in luve. Then he turns out to not only be a deranged serial killer, but a ghost as well. The thing that struck me as being the most odd, wasn’t the dead-bit, but the serial-killer bit. Son of Sam killed only killed a handful of people before folks started freaking out. And that was New York. I could go on a killing-spree in Hellhole, and I’m pretty sure I’d get arrested quickly. But this guy takes out several percent of the population, and nobody notices.

I guess everyone was just to busy messing around with their typewriters.


Tim Rice said...

For practical purposes, I'll take computers anyday over a typewriter. But old typewriters carry a certain sentimental value. My dad at his home has a real old one that I wouldn't mind having just for it antique beauty.

Kimberley said...

Interesting point of view..It is kinda funny how things progress and change and in society however the tend to stay the same

choochoo said...

I love my old typewriter. I wouldn't want to actually work on it, though. Every once in a while I type with it, just for fun, and it makes me feel very grateful that someone invented the computer. lol

ticknart said...

I had a creative writing teacher who insisted that writing on a manual typewriter was the only way that true writers worked. Most of the class believed him. I wanted to throw my desk at him for even suggesting that.

Too_Lively said...

I admit that when writing there is a stage at the beginning that I absolutely must write with pen/pencil and paper. I can type out later drafts on my pc, but I need to sort my thoughts on paper first.

I guess I sort of understand someone who says that a typewriter brings them closer to their work because writing in my own hand does that for me.

choochoo said...

Ticknart - it's funny how many things are labeled by people as "the only way that true writers work", isn't it? I absolutely would have thrown my desk at him. I would have done it in a dark alley at night, with no witnesses, but at some point there -would- be a desk coming straight at his head.

Too_lively - I'm completely free of that need, myself. Whenever I'm writing either in my own hand or with a typewriter, everything just seems to be going to slowly and I get frustrated because the writing doesn't keep up with the thinking. So for me that has the opposite effect.