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cerissa
12-16-2014, 06:03 PM
so im about 4 hours away from winning what looks like a nice manual typewriter. im excited, I do all my writings on my electric typewriter, and have been looking for a nice manual one to give my electric a break from time to time. im hoping I win I cant wait :-)

cray
12-16-2014, 06:08 PM
congrats!
i think.

cerissa
12-16-2014, 06:10 PM
yes congrats!!!! thank you btw, im hoping I win the auction.

cray
12-16-2014, 06:14 PM
i have to ask....
you don't use a computer to do your writing?

cerissa
12-16-2014, 06:17 PM
no I don't, I just cant, I have tired in the past but I just cant think of anything creative, and I get add and all of a sudden im on pinterest or facebook or youtube. so for my writing I stick to my typewriter.

Ken
12-16-2014, 06:17 PM
cool
I like manual machines of yore !
(The new-fangled contraptions of our current era are very nice as well of course.)

Forbidden Snowflake
12-16-2014, 06:18 PM
I've been considering getting a typewriter, something truly distraction free. No internet, etc. But, instead I got a mechanical keyboard with a lot of clicking noise to satisfy that aspect of having a typewriter.

Hope you win the auction, if yes, congrats ;)

Edit: And thanks to the computer, I'm back on AW every half hour, tssk.

cerissa
12-16-2014, 06:19 PM
my manual that I have now is broken, the drawcord broke, and its just kinda crappy, but I will fix it one day, so im really excited to use a manual.

cerissa
12-16-2014, 06:21 PM
something about a typewriter I can just sit down, maybe put on some music, and without even breaking a sweat write 2300 words. that is if I outlined well enough haha. I love it

Cathy C
12-16-2014, 06:50 PM
I used to enjoy working on a manual typewriter (yes, I'm old enough I really used to work on one.) The steady drumbeat of the keys is a pleasant sound. I type fast, so the clicka-clicka is nice white noise.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your POV) I write for profit, so I don't have the luxury to type my manuscript on a typewriter. I have to be able to translate it to an immediately formattable document, and I would loathe having to re-type the thing. I do still have an old IBM Selectric II (the correcting kind!) that I will occasionally work on just to keep up my speed. Keyboarding on a computer kills my speed because correcting is just too easy.

But good luck and I hope you win the auction! :)

cerissa
12-16-2014, 06:53 PM
yea, if im on a computer, I have a tendency to try and correct the sentence or word, or paragraph right then. with the typewriter, I just write, which is a good thing cause all my first drafts so far, have sucked, and I do mean sucked, so I would have spent forever just trying to get past page one on the computer.

Amy Writes
12-16-2014, 08:20 PM
no I don't, I just cant, I have tired in the past but I just cant think of anything creative, and I get add and all of a sudden im on pinterest or facebook or youtube. so for my writing I stick to my typewriter.

I hear you. I always have to disable the internet when I want to get any real work done.


yea, if im on a computer, I have a tendency to try and correct the sentence or word, or paragraph right then. with the typewriter, I just write, which is a good thing cause all my first drafts so far, have sucked, and I do mean sucked, so I would have spent forever just trying to get past page one on the computer.

The age-old question: when is the right time to correct suckage? I tend to edit yesterday's work, continue with today's, then repeat. But sometimes I get lost in the despair of how bad it all is. I can see how being forced to continue instead of fiddling would be an advantage.

But I'll stick to my Scrivener, thanks. :)

cerissa
12-17-2014, 12:07 AM
I LOST :-( at the very last second someone out bid me I almost cried, but there will be more to get.

cray
12-17-2014, 12:25 AM
:(

Cella
12-17-2014, 12:38 AM
Look on the bright side...at least you're not cray!


:D

cray
12-17-2014, 12:50 AM
:e2moon:


don't listen to her, cerissa.
she's a scrooge!

Maggie Maxwell
12-17-2014, 12:54 AM
:e2moon:


don't listen to her, cerissa.
she's a scrooge!

Really? She looks like a pair of legs.

(Sorry about the typewriter :( )

cray
12-17-2014, 12:55 AM
a gross scroogy pair of legs.

cerissa
12-17-2014, 01:18 AM
haha thanks guys, I really wanted it. but I will find something new

DjentlemanJoe
12-19-2014, 06:24 AM
I've always wondered how practical Typewriters are?

I'm quite young, so forgive my ignorance. I've only ever played with a typewriter as a kid, but never for any real work. It was quite fun, but I can imagine with how often I make mistakes and later fix them when using my computer I'd have a nightmare without that backspace option!

cerissa
12-20-2014, 03:22 AM
ive found it better for me, something about staring at a computer screen makes me so unproductive. yes a typewriter I do have a lot of errors, but it is also teaching me to be a better typer, and speller and typewriters don't have auto correct lol. I keep a dictionary by my typewriter, and if im really stumped I pull it out, but once im writing and in a zone, I don't touch it simply cause it messes me up. but when I edit I use it a lot. or if im jut writing a simple document or something I use it.
im young too, im 23 but I enjoy them a lot.

juniper
12-22-2014, 11:42 AM
I've seen a lot of manual typewriters on craigslist so you might check there. Depends on where you live. Craigslist is quite popular in my area.

I've looked at them and think I'd like to have one, but I'm trying to reduce my extraneous belongings. Typewriters have a certain romantic nature that my laptop or ipad will never have.

I hope you find a good one!