I want to write on a typewriter. I absolutely hate the sound of clicking laptop keys, but the pounding of a typewriter, although so harsh and distracting, seems a more peaceful sound to me.
I want to manually put each page into the roller and push it to the side, hearing those gears turning as I start a new paragraph. I want to get ink on my hands from the ribbon, and make mistakes and find smudge marks all over my paper. I want to be able to pick it up and move it anywhere I want, regardless of Wi-Fi capabilities or battery life.
I don’t want to stare at a bright screen that makes my eyes feel like sand by the end of the day, but rather just the crisp, clean view of a new sheet of paper. Every page, a fresh start. I want to be able to feel each letter, see each word, and hold the pages in my hand, watching the stack rise as each page is finished. I don’t want to deal with printers, or paper jams, or lost connections. I just want to write…
Every day I feel more and more that I’m living, and writing, in the wrong time. I recently watched Hemingway and Gelhorn (a movie staring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman) and I can say, I am now obsessed. I wish I could have known someone like Hemingway It’s as if every word out of his mouth, every thing he spoke, was genius. Sure he drank all the time and married four different women and was egotistical and self-serving, but I guess he can get away with all of that for giving the world the GIFT of his words. We just don’t have writers, or perhaps people, like him anymore.
I am very embarrassed to admit that I can’t remember reading one of his novels any time lately, if ever, in my life. But my plan this week is to start! Watching him type away on his typewriter in the film gave me new inspiration for my writing. Who would have thought that someone from so long ago, can make such an impact on me today. Find your muse.
A few favorite Hemingway quotes I’ve come across lately…
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
“I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.”
“For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.