Typewriters didn’t wipe out pencil and notebook. MP3s have yet to wipe out the vinyl record. Will the utter convenience of computers wipe out typewriting?
And would this be a loss? Thus far, I’ve observed that typing on a manual typewriter results in a different kind of writing. Is it different enough to matter?
There’s probably no way to prove this phenom, without tracking identical twin novelists through life.
In the meantime, the plan for this guy is to type a bit, in and out of home, regularly, and see what happens. Secondary to that plan is trying to avoid ending up with a typewriter collection; this means making opinionated decisions about what machines feel “right” to type on.
There’s no official help desk for manual typewriters… though there are various self-help and expertise groups–ironically online, for the most part. It’s still probably better to have a 40-year old typewriter than a 6-year-old computer!
As various artsy-craftsy solutions occur, will post them in TYPECRAFTING.
Biggest current news–SON of Type-IN–2nd annual jam session for manual typewriters, coming on Saturday, Dec. 10. Details here.