It’s simple really. A page of type. That’s all it takes. If you’ve got a typewriter, you’re a writer for One Typed Page. Even if it’s not a whole page, write half a page, a quarter, a haiku perhaps, whatever it takes to get you working brain to finger to keys to slug striking paper making an imprint on paper.
Now comes the challenge. Sure, all this sounds good in theory, but are you ready to put it into practice? If these were normal times, keeping these rough typed pages to yourself might be best. I mean, who wants to read that rubbish, right? However, right now, it’s not rubbish. It’s life. It means you’re alive, thinking, breathing, writing. If your only purpose right now is that one typed page, that’s all that matters. We want to read it.
Send us your page. Snap a picture with your phone. Each day I’ll post what I get. Send as often you want. But don’t just stop at one. If not for your benefit, then perhaps your page will inspire others to say yes to life. I won’t post your name. You can include it on the typed page if you want, but otherwise you’ll be anonymous.
Upload your typed page:
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While it’s the intention of this site to provide hope & healing, pages submitted may claw at your nerves, cause bouts of asphyxiation, dizziness, drowsiness or excitability. All content submitted will be covered by Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, unless otherwise noted by the author.
Excellent! I look forward to reading submissions…not sure I can come up with anything of value but will give it thought. One point – the word “keyboard” is used. When I was taking typing class in the ’60’s I don’t recall the term ever used. “Keys” but not keyboard. Granted, we can’t submit anything via a typewriter but I’d like to think that we can. Perhaps, composing and typing it on a typewriter then keying it in on a new-fangled electronic contraption so others can read it…and, with luck they’ll see it as having been typed in the tried and true fashion – on a typewriter (the older the better!) (wish computers would allow strike-overs as I use that “feature” so often on a typewriter. 🙂
I wish everyone health, happiness and good typing as we manage (and, we will manage) on our individual desert islands.
Great idea. I’ve promoted it on my latest blog post. Thanks!
Thanks for promoting this effort and others. Here’s that post, for those who missed it:
I have waited for a new one of these submissions in this blog! I love it. I am currently contemplating on getting an erika or optima. Maybe one of those or a triumph or groma. Do you have any advice with an erika 10, optima elite 3, or erika N? I still have yet to get an Olympia Sm3. I only have an Olympia sm8 1968 model.
While these are all fine, stylish typers, I lean towards Erika as the swiftest and most functional. I must admit, I have an Erika 5 stashed away, despite my own advice against collecting. But the feeling on it is magical. Get one with a QWERTY layout, which is hard to find in German typewriters. Olympia being the exception. The SM3 comes close to that Erika feel, and more than likely it has the QWERTY layout. However, I’m not a big fan of carriage shifted typewriters. I can do in small bouts, but for the daily writer, go with the lighter basket shift.
That’s the advice, now, get on your SM8 and submit to One Typed Page!
Thanks for the advice! I had an SM7 before the 8, but the 7 broke during use. (Escapement & Drawband issues)
I will have to submit a page to One typed page on my sm8 soon…
Hi Daniel and friends,
One Typed Page sounds like a great idea to bring people together. I’ve been traveling and writing with a portable typewriter, and as of the time of this comment, the video of my Olivetti in action is the background for The Lost Poetry.
Since I often take pictures of the process, I’ll have to send something over to your exciting new project one day.
I like what H. Harrington says in his comment. Although I’m from a different generation, such a mentality is shared by myself and many other proper writers of this day. The living book project on TheLostPoetry.com was something experimental that, I believe, is in this same “true fashion” to which H. speaks of in his comment.
I forced myself to write those first few chapters without a pen or typewriter—on the computer, like a cool college kid who needed to finish a term paper between classes. In order to craft a fun adventurous setting that’s filled with automated machines.
Thick kicker is… I ended up taking the digital draft to the typewriter anyway.
When a main character died, I switched to the comfortable method that I had already grown to love. Typing a real draft on this beloved Olivetti that I call Cassius because it’s a heavyweight machine.
Writers are wired a certain way, and I enjoy how this blog pulls us together with projects like this one. The sound of the clicking helps us focus better than a flashing screen.
Thanks for what you do with this blog to remind everyone about this important tool for writers.
This is fantastic. I’ve been trying to type a page before bed to journal, and will definitely be trying some of these ideas.
There is some excellent writing on OTP, but I would be cautious before submitting pages or making comments. There are some regular contributors who will accept no criticism of their ideas and immediately play the race and gender cards and accuse you of bigotry. They are protected by other contributors who enforce a double standard.